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Herbal mix may reverse tobacco damage, helps smokers quit

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26 November 200p

By Chukwuma Muanya

YAHAYA Yusuf has been smoking for the past 22 years. At 36, Yusuf has tried on several occasions to quit the habit, but without success. With an irritant and persistent cough, and warning from his doctor that his lungs are already affected, it has dawned on him it was ‘now or never.’

It has been shown that smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.

In desperation to quit the habit, Yusuf has used different conventional drugs, a special chewing gum, and even the much hyped nicotine patch, but without success until he came across a herbal preparation made predominantly with ginger (Zingiber officinale), scent leaf (Ocimum gratissimum, nchuanwu in Igbo, effirin ajale in Yoruba), cloves (Syzygium aromaticum), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), camphor plant (Cinnamomum camphora), among others.

……..The anti tobacco addiction herbal formulation comprises of Sesbania grandiflora, Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), holy basil (Ocimum sanctum), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), Elettaria cardamomum, Carum copticum, clove (Syzygium aromaticum), Cinnamomum tamala, calamus root (Acorus calamus), ginger (Zingiber officinale), black pepper (Piper nigrum), Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cuminum cyminum, Nigella sativum, camphor plant (Cinnamomum camphora), Piper longum, scent leaf (Ocimum gratissimum) and Hemidesmus indicus.

The inventors include: Karerat Arun Kumar, Ifthikar Oommer Rowther Mohammed, Varghese Joy, and Vellappillil Achuthan Venugopal of MIR Holistics Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India; and Palpu Pushpangadan, Rawat Ajay Kumar Singh, Rao Chandana Venkateswara, and Govindarajan Raghavan of National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.

In a detailed description of the invention, the inventors wrote: …”If desired one or more pharmaceutical additives can be added and the composition converted to a solid dosage forms like tablet or capsule or used as a syrup, aerosol spray etc. Sesbania grandiflora and Ocimum gratissimum potentiated the free radical scavenging and 89.5 per cent stopped smoking with the formulation containing the Sesbania grandiflora and Ocimum gratissimum than that of the composition containing the other components…”……..Read complete news item….


Written by csirindia

November 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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