Neem or Azadirachta indica a. Juss, has been an important plant for its medical properties in Ayurvedic, Unani, and Homeopathic medicine. The Neem tree is an important tree to the physicians in India.
There have been several bookand many research papers published on this valuable tree for medicine and as a biopesticide. One of the best books on the benefits of Neem has been published by the National Academy Press, titled Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems. Research around the world is proving its value in medical conditions such as AIDs and Cancer. How can could that be true?
Scientists have identified more than 115 compounds in the neem tree which include isoprenoids, gedunin, vilasinin, c-secomeliacins, glycosides, tannins, and non-isoprenoids.
Here are examples of how Ayurvedic physicians in India use Neem: The whole neem tree is used for medicine in one way or another including the leaves, bark, gum, flower, seed, and oil.
- Applied topically for dry, itchy skin or scap conditions including wounds, skin ulcers, burning skin condtions, pthysis, skin cancer, skin diseases, leprosy and syphilitic sores.
- Used as an antiinflammatory compound to relieve minor muscle and joint pain discomfort. It seems to have the effect on balancing prostaglandin levels. Indian doctors use it for rheumatism and arthritis.
- Neem bark is used to reduce stomach acid and support improved digestion
- Neem bark is chewed to promote healthy teeth in gums. These chew sticks have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of year.
- Neem has been proven in lab research studies to boost the immune system response, increase white blood cells including the Killer-T cells, boost antibodies and macrophages. Oil extracted from the leaves, seeds, and bark in lab tests show this oil is effective against M. tuberculosis, strep, Vibrio cholerae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and M. pyogenes. It is given orally for Malaria patients in India.
- Lab research shows it is effective as an antiviral agent against Vaccinia virus, Chikungemya and measles virus.
- Anti-fungal properties show effectiveness against Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, Microspor Trichosporon, Geotricum and Candida.
- Neem bark contains concentrated antioxidants such as glutathione and flavonoids such as quercetin and rutin,
- Neem fruit is suggested for diabetics to help them lower blood sugar levels.
- Neem has been found to be non-toxic but should not be used by women attempting to become pregnant. It is used as an anti-fertility treatment in those countries.
Note: The FDA and AMA has not approved the statements in this article. It is for education only. This information is not meant to prescribe or diagnose any problem. Please consult your doctor before using herbs for your health problem.
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