Standardization of Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn.)
Singh J, Gupta S. J and Singh A. K.
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
India has a rich heritage of plants as medicines; Indian systems of medicines utilize 80 percent of the material derived from the plants. Large numbers of plants are utilized in various systems of medicine practiced in India and local health traditions for the treatment of human diseases since time immemorial. The use of Tulsi as source of medicine in human has been in vogue since antiquity. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum Linn. Gurke.) has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda due to its diverse healing properties. Tulsi is legendary and the ‘incomparable one’ from India. It is one of the holiest and most cherished of the many healing and healthy giving herbs of the orient. Morphological and anatomical characters play a vital role in crude drug standardization. However, a proper documentation of medicinal plants of Ocimum spp. is lacking and many times adulterants are passed as genuine drugs. In present investigation, the Ocimum sanctum has been selected for the standardization due to its medicinal importance.