Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons

  title={Tulsi - Ocimum sanctum: A herb for all reasons},
  author={Marc M Cohen},
  journal={Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine},
  pages={251 - 259}
  • Marc M Cohen
  • Published 1 October 2014
  • Biology
  • Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
The predominant cause of global morbidity and mortality is lifestyle-related chronic diseases, many of which can be addressed through Ayurveda with its focus on healthy lifestyle practices and regular consumption of adaptogenic herbs. Of all the herbs used within Ayurveda, tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn) is preeminent, and scientific research is now confirming its beneficial effects. There is mounting evidence that tulsi can address physical, chemical, metabolic and psychological stress through a… 

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