Efficacy of Curcumin and Tulsi extracts as local drugs in Po
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According to a study by the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, curcumin and tulsi extracts improve the periodontal parameters.

The aim of our study is to assess the effectiveness of Curcumin and Tulsi in the control of periodontal parameters when delivered in the form of local drug delivery (LDD) agents.

Curcumin gel and Tulsi gel were used as the two LDD agents. A split-mouth randomized clinical trial was carried out in 15 patients. Three sites in different quadrants were assigned treatment modalities of scaling and root planing (SRP) alone, SRP with LDD of curcumin, and SRP with LDD of Tulsi extract, respectively.

Clinical parameters Probing Pocket Depth, Clinical Attachment Level, Plaque Index, Gingival Index, and modified Sulcus Bleeding Index were recorded and subgingival plaque sample collected for N-benzoyl-L-arginine-p-nitroanilide (BAPNA) assay on baseline followed by LDD with extracts in the assigned group. The parameters were recorded at baseline and on the 30th day postoperatively.

All the treatment modalities showed a statistically significant reduction in clinical and microbiological parameters on the intragroup comparison. Intergroup comparison showed a statistically significant reduction in Plaque Index in curcumin group and BAPNA assay in Tulsi group when compared to SRP.

Conclusively, both the herbs were effective in improving periodontal parameters and may develop as an alternative to currently used LDD agents in near future.

Source: https://www.jisponline.com/text.asp?2021/25/3/197/315426
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