Results for both plants were similar to those seen with diclofenac - an anti-inflammatory drug that is widely used in the treatment of arthritis. "Our results supported the use of these traditional treatments in inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, and we will now carry out more detailed evaluation of the plants for active compounds which could be developed into new medicines," said Mr Shinde. Results of the current study add to previous research supporting the medicinal properties of Basil plants1.
References1 Prakash P, Gupta N. Therapeutic uses of Ocimum sanctum Linn (Tulsi) with a note on eugenol and its pharmacological actions: a short review. Indian Journal Physiol. Pharmacol 2005; 49: 125-131About Ayurvedic medicine
Ayurvedic medicine originated in India over 2000 years ago and is widely practised in India and SE Asia. It aims to balance body, mind and spirit to help prevent illness and promote wellness. It uses a variety of products, including herbs, proteins, minerals and vitamins, and techniques, such as massage, exercise and meditation, to cleanse the body and restore balance.
Source The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain