Since ages Tulsi- Ocimum sanctum or Indian Basil is known for its medicinal effects. Recent researches have revealed its extraordinary role in mitigating the harmful radiations.
The research was done at the Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences at Defense Research and Development Organization. The result was based upon the phase II clinical studies.
Dr. W. Selvamurthy, the chief controller of DRDO said, “It is for the first time in the world that tulsi is being used for treating harmful effects of exposure to radiation.”
Animal testing on mice was done in order to authenticate the anti-radiation and anti-oxidant effects of Tulsi by the DRDO scientists and radiologists at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal,
The mice were exposed to radiation and then injected with the Tulsi extracts. The lethal effects of radiations on bone marrow were halted by the Tulsi extract injection.
Hope for Cancer Survivors:
Discovery of Tulsi and its crucial role in decreasing the effects of radiation is definitely a sigh of relief for al cancer survivors.
At 99th Indian Science Congress in Bhubaneshwar Dr. Selvamurthy said, “Tulsi-based medicine is already in second phase of clinical trials. It has to undergo some more trials before it is finalized and goes for commercial production. Animal trials have also been conducted and their results were quite encouraging.”
He further added, “The medicines used for treating radiation-related ailments are very toxic in nature. These herbal medicines would change the way radiation treatment takes place as they would be quite safe,”