COVID-19 Pandemic: Role of Medicinal Plants as an Immunity Booster

Firoj A. Tamboli, Harinath N. More, Nilofer A. Tamboli 1

8th WCPSDM.2021. APR.Published Online 18 APR 2021

Abstract : The novel SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease called COVID-19, has rapidly spread across the globe. COVID-19 attacks people with low immune systems and people especially under and over ages. The immune system is built on beneficial live bacteria that lives in the gut which protect the human body from various diseases. When the immune system response is low, weak, or damaged, it becomes an open invitation for infectionssuch as coronavirus or other diseases like diabetes, heart disease, orcancer.In this article we discussing about various medicinally important plants and herbs which can serve as boon in the fight against COVID-19 e.g. Garlic (Allium sativum), Margosa neem (Azadirachta indica), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum),Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.), Betel vine (Piper betel), Black paper (Pipernigrum), Black cumin (Black cumin L.), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Licorice astragalus (Astragalus glycyphyllos), Turmeric(Curcuma longa), elderberry (Sambucus nigra)etc. These plants are known to be rich in antioxidants,vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, amino acids, minerals, steroids, alkaloids, antiviral, antibacterial phytochemicals which will help in rejuvenating the immune system and also helps in killing the invaded viruses.