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Generic: Ocimum
treats Diabetes mellitus

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Adults (over 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose of holy basil. Traditionally, 300- 2,000 milligrams as a single dose of dried leaves has been used daily for preventive therapy, and 600- 1,800 milligrams in divided doses has been used daily for curative therapy. As a tea, 2 grams holy basil has been infused in one cup of water. Also, 10- 20 milliliters of fresh leaf juice or 1 ounce of dried herb in 16 ounces of water, three times daily in 5 ounce doses has been used. For diabetes, 2.5 grams of dried leaf powder by mouth every morning, or 1 teaspoon dried herb brewed in one cup of water three times a day have been used.

Children (under 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose for holy basil in children.


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Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to holy basil (Ocimum sanctum).

Side Effects and Warnings

Holy basil seems to be well tolerated in most people, and it has generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status in the United States.

Holy basil may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in patients with diabetes (high blood sugar) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Serum glucose levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, and medication adjustments may be necessary.

Although not well studied in humans, holy basil may have antispermatogenic (sperm blocking) and anti- fertility effects.

Holy basil may prolong bleeding time. Caution is advised in patients with bleeding disorders or taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Holy basil is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women. Based on traditional use, holy basil may stimulate uterine contractions.

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