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OCIMUM SANCTUM:An Updated Review
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Journal of Pharmaceutical Research

Year: 2010, Volume: 9, Issue: 3, Pages: 97-103

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OCIMUM SANCTUM:An Updated Review

Abstract

Ocimum sanctum (OS) Linn (family: Labiatae) is known for its medicinal values in various traditional medicines in India and other Asian nations. Different parts of this plant have been claimed to be valuable in a wide spectrum of diseases. Leaves of OS are used in cold, cough, fever, respiratory disorders, as a tonic rejuvenator and in non-healing ulcers. Recently it has been shown that OS has antistress, antioxidant, immuno-modulatory, radioprotective, analgesic, antipyretic, antiinflamatory, anticarcinogenic, antifertility and abortifacient properties. This review describes phytochemical, pharmacognostical, pharmacological properties and clinical studies conducted on OS.

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