Plants have long been used to treat human beings. In the primitive times, plants were the
only source of treatment and that is how the 'folklore medicine' started in the olden times.
The then healers used to know about the regional plants very closely and without any
formal qualification, they were able to differentiate between two closely similar looking
plants, and would know which one would heal a condition and which one would prove
completely ineffective in doing so. Ocimum, one of the most common species in the plant
kingdom, also has many varieties within its group. India knows and boasts of Ocimum
sanctum or the Holy Basil. Apart from its sacred value in India, it is also one of the most
commonly used plants in Indian families for day to day problems like cold, cough etc. But its
lesser known relative, Ocimum canum is equally capable of healing various conditions of
human being and is as widespread as the former. This intrigued the Council and a research
study was designed to know further about the latter drug. The results are presented to the
profession in the form of this monograph.
Various techniques were used to carry out the standardization studies of this medicine.
Besides, drug proving (homoeopathic pathogenetic trial) was conducted to elicit the
symptoms the drug produced in healthy human beings. These very symptoms were further
verified under the clinical verification programme of the Council. It is only after a
wholesome research on the drug that the Council is publishing this work. However, we will
be glad to know more details about this medicine, from the physicians who would have the
opportunity to use it in their clinics. This would further authenticate the published work.
Finally, I hope, the profession will read this monograph with great interest and benefit from
this piece of work.
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