Sunday March 18, 2018

Tulsi- Medically sacred leaves


Tulsi, the name itself has an essence of every Indian household.

Endowed with not only loads of health benefits qualities but also has an important position in the Hindu religious tradition.

Tulsi or Holy Basil is a consort of god Vishnu in Hindu Mythology, thus found in most of the households of a Hindu family. Apart from religious importance, this sacred tulsi plant serves as an Ayurvedic remedy for a lot of common ailments.

Each part of this holistic plant is blessed with some miraculous medical properties. Most of us have this herb (used as medicine) in our armpit but we make chaos in the whole city. So let us look at some of the special medical qualities of Tulsi.

  • Cures Fever: Basil leaves act as a fast cure for fevers. During the rainy season when malaria and dengue fever are most common, tender leaves, boiled with tea act as preventive against these diseases. The anti-pyretic properties (ability to bring lower temperature) of basil help in bringing the fever down. Usually one or two ounces tulsi juice, thrice a day is very effective.
  • Fights cough: Chewing tulsi in empty stomach relieves cold and flu. It also helps to muster mucus in bronchitis and asthma. During Breathing problems, it can be mixed with camphor and can be applied on the chest for comfortable breath.
  • Cures sore throat: During an acute sore throat, boil tulsi leaves with water and gargle. This can be very operational in reducing the sore.
  • Relieves Headache: Crushed leaves mixed with sandalwood paste can be applied on the forehead, its cooling effect provides a great relief.
  • Cures eye disorders: Two drops of black basil juice put into eyes daily is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night-blindness.
  • Fights Bad Breath: It acts as an excellent medicine for bad breath. It can be mixed with mustered oil to make a paste and apply on gums. It can also be used as toothpaste.
  • Fights skin disorders: Basil juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworms in the stomach. Some neuropaths also use it in the treatment of leucoderma.
  • Cures insect bites: The queen of herbs is preventive and curative for insect bites. A paste of fresh roots applied on the affected area helps to cure it.
  • Kidney Stones: Basil has a strengthening effect on the kidney. In the case of renal kidney stones, the extract of basil leaves mixed with honey, if taken regularly for 6 months it will expel them out via the urinary tract.
  • Alleviates Stress: This is one of the most protruding problems among people. Consuming 12 Tulsi leaves daily which also act as anti-depressant helps in stress management.

We saw several beneficiaries’ of this small herbal plant. Everyone should be able to extract the most of this free medicine which can be found right at your home. Also, this has no Sid effects so +1 to health.

Chewing tulsi daily keeps many diseases away from home. (Inputs from Aakash Sinha)(

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Pentavalent vaccine: Doctors raise red flag

In spite of the data presented in this paper from a large cohort, the authors point out that the evidence is merely circumstantial and not conclusive

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India's PV to be reexamined because of its harmful effects. .
  • Pentavalent vaccine was introduced in India six years ago
  • It is since then have been a cause of many deaths
  • Doctors want it to be reexamined before continuing its use

Pentavalent vaccine (PV), that was introduced by India a little over six years ago, doubled the deaths of children soon after vaccination compared to the DPT (Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus) vaccine, according to a new study that calls for a “rigorous review of the deaths following vaccination with PV”.

Health officials have launched a campaign targeting nearly 24 million people with a one-fifth dose of the vaccine. Wikimedia Commons
PV has been cause of many deaths in past years. Wikimedia Commons

Government records show that there were 10,612 deaths following vaccination (both PV and DPT) in the last 10 years. There was a huge increase in these numbers in 2017, which the Health Ministry has promised to study. “The present analysis could be a starting point in the quest to reduce the numbers of such deaths,” authors of the new study say.

The study by Dr Jacob Puliyel, Head of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital, and Dr V. Sreenivas, Professor of Biostatistics at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), both in New Delhi, is published in the peer-reviewed Medical Journal of Dr D.Y. Patil University.

PV is a combination of the DPT vaccine and two more vaccines against Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) and hepatitis B. Starting December 2011, PV was introduced into India’s immunisation programme to replace DPT vaccine in a staged manner with a view to adding protection against Hib and Hepatitis B without increasing the number of injections given to infants.

Doctors have raised concerns over these vaccines. Wikimedia Commons
Doctors have raised concerns over these vaccines. Wikimedia Commons

But sporadic reports of unexplained deaths following immunisation with PV had been a matter of concern. Puliyel, Sreenivas and their colleagues undertook the study to find out if these deaths were merely coincidental or vaccine-induced.

The authors obtained data of all deaths reported from April 2012 to May 2016 under the Right to Information Act. Data on deaths within 72 hours of administering DPT and PV from different states were used.

For their study, the authors assumed that all deaths within 72 hours of receiving DPT are natural deaths. Using this figure as the baseline, they presumed that any increase in the number of deaths above this baseline among children receiving PV must be caused by this vaccine.

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According to their analysis of the data provided by the government, there were 237 deaths within 72 hours of administering the Pentavalent vaccine — twice the death rate among infants who received DPT vaccine.

Extrapolating the data, the authors have estimated that vaccination of 26 million children each year in India would result in 122 additional deaths within 72 hours, due to the switch from DPT to PV.

“There is likely to be 7,020 to 8,190 deaths from PV each year if data from states with the better reporting, namely Manipur and Chandigarh, are projected nationwide,” their report says.

It is important to make sure that these vaccines are reexamined peroperly. VOA

The authors note that while the study looks at the short-term increase in deaths (within three days of vaccination) it does not calculate the potential benefits of PV on infant mortality, for example by protection against lethal diseases like Haemophilus influenza.

In spite of the data presented in this paper from a large cohort, the authors point out that the evidence is merely circumstantial and not conclusive. “These findings of differential death rates between DPT and PV do call for further rigorous prospective population-based investigations,” the study concludes. IANS