Holy Basil - Herbal Research
A WHO Organizational resource: Holy Basil - FULL REPORT
Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
None. Although there are some preliminary clinical data supporting the use of Folium Ocimi Sancti for the treatment of diabetes, further trials are needed to substantiate the data.
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and in traditional systems of medicine
Treatment of arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, diabetes, fever, influenza, peptic ulcer and rheumatism (1, 8, 20).
Uses described in folk medicine, not supported by experimental or clinical data
Treatment of earache, epilepsy, heart disease, malaria, sinusitis, snake bites, stomach ache and vomiting. Also as an anthelminthic, to stimulate lactation, to prevent hair loss, and as a tonic (7).
1. Materia medika Indonesia, Jilid VI. Jakarta, Departemen Kesehatan, Republik Indonesia, 1995.
7. Farnsworth NR, ed. NAPRALERT database. Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, January 28, 1998 production (an online database available directly through the University of Illinois at Chicago or through the Scientific and Technical Network [STN] of Chemical Abstracts Services).
8. Medicinal plants in Viet Nam. Manila, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, 1990 (WHO Regional Publications, Western Pacific Series, No. 3).
20. Agrawal P, Rai V, Singh RB. Randomized, placebo-controlled, single-blind trial of holy basil leaves in patients with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 1996, 34:406-409.