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I have a friend who was suffering from Asthma since many years (1985 to 2000). It was so severe that many times, during middle of nights, he was carried to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment. He had variety of treatments and had no relief at all. After retirement, about ten years back, he started to consume Tulsi leaves, [Holy Basil leaves] not as a medicine but he just thought that tulsi leaves are good for health. In his house, the family daity' is garlanded with a small Tulsi leave garland. He used to take this garland out in the evening and used to separate the leaves to chew them. After about six months, he found that recurrence of his asthmatic attacks were less and far apart and eventually the attacks were very rare.

To this day, he had no recurrence of severe attacks. [from about year 2000 on wards]. To this day he chews a few Tulsi leaves every day. He says I am convinced that I am really cured of this problem.

Tulsi leaves are taken as home remedy along with pepper and salt for throat sores, cough etc. in India as Grandma remedy.

A wonderful case and I was amazed at the result. (This was before I started reading about homeopathy.)

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Comment by Dr Ravindra Saraswat on December 13, 2010 at 11:25am
  • Respiratory Disorders: Tulsi, apart from curing viral, bacterial and fungal infections of the respiratory system, gives miraculous relief in congestion due to presence of components like Camphene, Eugenol and Cineole in its essential oils. It is very effective in curing nearly all types of respiratory disorders including bronchitis (chronic and acute).
  • Asthma: Tulsi is very beneficial in Asthma as it relieves congestion and facilitates breathing. The Phytonutrients and the essential oils, with help from other minerals in it, helps cure the causes of asthma also.
  • Lung Disorders: The compounds like vitamin-C, Camphene, Eugenol and Cineole present in the essential of Tulsi do not only cure the infections in lungs but also cure congestion of the lungs. They are also found effective in healing damages caused to the lungs due to smoking, tuberculosis, lung cancer etc. It also helps cure tuberculosis due to its anti biotic properties. Source


Comment by Dr.Vikas Verma on December 14, 2010 at 7:57am

Ocimum Sanctum Is a wonderful medicine for URTI too. It is a very fast acting medicine, it shows results in hay fever too.
Headache heavy, throbbing pain, as if nails were driven into it, relived by pressure; giddiness worse while walking, better by wrapping up the head; heat on vertex better by pouring cold water over there and fanning.
 Eyes  :Pain, redness; lachrymation of eyes due to nasal catarrh; ophthalmia, mist before the eyes when fixing them on something.
 Ears : Noise in the ears; loud sound appears to be very painful. Watery discharge from the ear; offensive pus from the ear; shortness of hearing; hot flushes in the ear.
 Nose : Nasal catarrh associated with sneezing; white or yellow discharge from the nose; nostrils ulcerated; epistaxis. 
 Throat  : Pain in the throat with difficulty in deglutition. Pain while coughing, hoarseness. 
 Fever : Excellent remedy in influenza and fevers associated with cough; acute pains in the body; bone-pains; soreness of the muscles and terrible headache; typhoid fever with chilliness; burning sensation all over the body; delirium; drowsiness and comatose condition.

Comment by kuram srinivasachar anand on December 14, 2010 at 10:35am

 Q and 3X are recommended in Boericke materia medica.  Were there any provings?  How can we decide about the similimum status of Ocimum Sanctum?

Comment by Dr Dushyant Kamal Dhari on December 14, 2010 at 10:04pm
Six species of Ocimum are used in Homeopathy the main being Ocimum canum and Ocimum sanctum. Of all these only Ocimum sanctum shows activity on the Respiratory system. Few of the symptoms which can help in deciding for Ocimum canum in Asthma are -

RESPIRATION - ASTHMATIC - bending - forward - amel.
COUGH - COUGH in general
COUGH - YAWNING agg. or excites the cough
CHEST - INFLAMMATION - Bronchial tubes
CHEST - PAIN - cough, during
CHEST - PAIN - small spots
CHEST - PAIN - yawning
CHEST - PAIN - Sides - right
CHEST - PAIN - Sides - right - expiration; during
CHEST - PALPITATION of heart - anxiety - with

GENERALS - WEATHER - rain - during - agg.
GENERALS - WEATHER - wet weather - agg.
GENERALS - WEATHER - wet weather - amel.

The symptom Asthma - Bending forward amel is a peculiar symptom of this drug,
Comment by kuram srinivasachar anand on December 14, 2010 at 10:09pm

Thanks for the info Dr. Dushyant.

Comment by Dr.Vikas Verma on December 15, 2010 at 12:25am

These books can be refered for more information :

Materia medica of new  homoeopathic remdies by O.A Julian

 Fifty Homoeopathic indian drugs by Dr.S.K .Banerjea.

Comment by Karla Bartlett on December 15, 2010 at 12:42pm

Great information!  Thanks for posting!  Tulsi tea is marvelous, very good for the nerves, too.  Lifts the spirits.  A very loving plant.

Comment by Veeraraghavan A.R. on January 13, 2011 at 11:54am
Very useful Information. In the South Indian villages, it is a regular practice that, people usually use Tulsi for their Asthmatic problems. Thank you for the kind information.
Comment by Dr. Satish Kumar Rana on April 15, 2011 at 4:14am

Dr. Dhari!

You said above that "Of all these only Ocimum sanctum shows activity on the Respiratory system. Few of the symptoms which can help in deciding for Ocimum canum in Asthma are -

The symptoms belong to sanctum or canum?

Comment by harold jitschak bueno de mesquit on May 10, 2011 at 3:42am

thanks so much for this simple nice tip!!

I haveprescibed basilicum often [temporarily][sleepless] as a sedative and against nausea [together with cloves] as a tea.

Will now advise it to asthma patients as well.


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