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Anti Swine Flu Properties of Tulsi, the “Holy Basil”

A Canadian friend sent me an interesting link about the healing effects of Tulsi (or Tulasi, Ocimum tenuiflorum), a herb used in Ayurveda, in relation to preventing and treating Swine flu. The article by Dr. Mercola says:

“One of the Key Herbs that Prevents and Treats Swine Flu”

“Ayurveda, India’s traditional ‘science of life,’ has the remedy for swine flu in the form of the basil leaves commonly known as Tulsi. Tulsi is well known in India for its remarkable healing properties. But the anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves your body’s overall defense mechanism, including its ability to fight viral diseases. Apart from acting as a preventive medicine, Tulsi can also help a patient recover faster.”

Tulsi, which is Sanskrit for “the incomparable one”, is called “Holy Basil”. It is worshiped throughout India. Tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. It is mentioned by Charaka in the Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. Read more about the holy herb in Wikipedia.

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