A traditional anti-fertility agent and libido enhancer in Ayurveda, Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi) is currently being investigated for these two claims and its general health properties. A good source of dietary Ursolic acid, which may cause the anti-fertility aspects.
Holy Basil is most often used for
Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi, or Ocimum sanctum) is an ayurvetic herb which has historically been used to treat a variety of general ailments. It recently has been shown to hold scientific worth in the areas of liver protection and general anti-oxidant activity, as well as being classified as an adaptogen (reducing the effects of stress on the body).
It is also used as a testosterone booster, although no direct evidence exists in humans for this. It has also been demonstrated to hinder reproductive capacity.
- Ocimum sanctum
- Green Tulsi
- Sacred Basil
- Ocimum tenuiflorum
- Thai Basil (a table spice)
500mg of the leaf extract taken twice daily appears to be recommended for neurological and adaptogenic effects of holy Basil, whereas the only evidence on other health effects or testosterone boosting are done in rats with the dosages of 100-200mg/kg and 500mg/kg respectively. This leads to an estimated human dose of:
- 1,100-2,200mg for a 150lb person for general health and 5,500mg for testosterone boosting
- 1,500-2,900mg for a 200lb person for general health and 7,300mg for testosterone boosting
- 1,800-3,600mg for a 250lb person for general health and 9,100mg for testosterone boosting
These are estimated human dosages based on animal research, and it is unsure if they are the optimal doses for humans.