Indian natural herb Tulsi to fight back swine flu
Aug 12 11:56 AM

Ayurveda, the traditional 'science of life', has a remedy for diseases
when every other stream of medicine fails. Now, at a time when swine
flu is spreading like wildfire across the world, Ayurveda has the
remedy in the form of the miraculous herb, the basil leaves commonly
known as Tulsi.

Tulsi, the purest and most sublime plant, has been known and
worshipped in India for more than five millennia for its remarkable
healing properties. Considered as an 'Elixir of Life', this wonder
herb has now been claimed to keep the deadly swine flu at bay and help
fast recovery in afflicted persons.

"The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts
across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body's overall
defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It
was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same
theory applies to swine flu," Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine
practitioner says.

Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi
can help the patient recover faster.

"Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help
in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the
immune system of the body," he claims.

Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar
is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in
controlling swine flu.

"Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form.
Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be
consumed twice a day on an empty stomach." This increases the
resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting
swine flu," believes Patel.

As its name suggests, Tulsi has again proved to be the 'the
incomparable' medicine - this time, in the prevention and cure of
swine flu.

The symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus in people are similar to the
symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny
or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A
significant number of people who have been infected with novel H1N1
flu virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. The high risk
groups for novel H1N1 flu are not known at this time, but it's
possible that they may be the same as for seasonal influenza. However,
Please consult a practitioner in case of any such symptoms. Doctors
have strictly advised against self medication.

(With PTI inputs)