Immunomodulatory effects of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.): A clinical study

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by Organic Kosha April 3, 2021</div>
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The present study was carried out to investigate the immunomodulatory effects of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.)

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The present study was designed to evaluate the immunomodulatory effects of ethanolic extract of Tulsi leaves through a double-blinded randomized controlled cross-over trial on healthy volunteers. Three hundred milligrams capsules of ethanolic extracts of leaves of Tulsi or placebo were administered to 24 healthy volunteers on an empty stomach and the results of 22 subjects who completed the study were analyzed. The primary objective was to study the levels of Th1 and Th2 cytokines (interferon-γ and interleukin-4) during both pre and post-intervention periods in blood culture supernatants following stimulation with lipopolysaccharide and phytohaemagglutinin. Other immunological parameters such as T-helper and T-cytotoxic cells, B-cells and NK-cells also were analyzed using Flowcytometry.


Statistically significant increase in the levels of IFN-γ (p = 0.039), IL-4 (p = 0.001) and percentages of T-helper cells (p = 0.001) and NK-cells (p = 0.017) were observed after 4 weeks in the Tulsi extract intervention group in contrast to the placebo group.


These observations clearly ascertain the immunomodulatory role of Tulsi leaves extract on healthy volunteers.

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