An Insight into Use of Medicinal Herbs as Immunity Booster against COVID- 19

Authors

Sunayana Nath, Shantanu Mandal, Tanvi Singh, Rachna Kapila
Department of Biology, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi-110016, India.

Arti Nigam, Department of Microbiology, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi- 110016, India.

Abstract

To combat the persistent transmission of the coronavirus, Indian Government has started the vaccination in the country since January 2021. The immunity conferred by the vaccine can be more effective with sound immune health. In India, medicinal herbs are preferred dietary habits to enhance the immunity intrinsically. A web-based survey of herbal medicinal plants was carried out among the young-adults to identify the consumption trend of the medicinal herbs as an effective immune booster to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The selected herbs are ingredients of regular Indian cuisine and practiced under Ayurveda. Out of the total selected herbs, Allium sativum, Coriandrum sativum, and Citrus limon were the most frequently used plants in cuisine whereas Osmium sanctum, Azadirachta indica and Emblica officinalis were the most used medicinal herbs on regular basis. Leaves followed by stem/bark; fresh form followed by dried and hot water followed by cold water were the most frequent parts, forms and mode of intake. Cuisine herbs were found to be utilized in other forms while medicinal plants were more used as tea. However, some of the medicinal plants were never used by young adults. The present study revealed that young-generation is aware of selected medicinal herbs and consumed intentionally to boost their immunity.