Some people like my uncle can have a tiny ball of fresh Neem every day for great health. Neem is known for its curing powers since time immemorial. Neem is perhaps the only tropical evergreen that withstood the scientific researches and proved its mettle as a panacea. Neem is one of the main ingredients in Eastern medicine. Various parts of the plant (fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark) are used to treat various illness in ancient medicines like Ayurveda and Unani. Hence its name the “village pharmacy”, the provider of good health in the rural. Diseases and disorders which succumb to neem include worms, diabetes, piles, dysentery, jaundice, vomiting, wounds, eye disease, blood disorders, paraplegia, female genital diseases and all kinds of fevers.
Skin, Hair and Nails
Neem takes up different roles in various medical formulas due to its antiviral, anti-allergic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Hair problems like dandruff, scaling and hair loss can be checked by using neem extracts. Neem oil can get rid of head lice if applied regularly on the scalp. The extracts of Neem can heal skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, leprosy, herpes, (yes!) warts, athlete’s foot, acne and chicken pox. It can also take care of ringworm, scabies and skin rashes. Pale, yellow or brittle nail can get back its natural color and condition with the use of neem. Thus neem and neem oil became a primary ingredient in many herbal bath and beauty products.
Ulcers and Viruses
Ulcers can be treated with Neem as it can reduce the secretion of acids in th stomach. Neem can prevent viral and bacterial infections without destroying the beneficial intestinal flora. It can further prevent inflammation with its antihistamine and antibacterial compounds. No serious side effects have been reported.
Oral health problems like dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease are caused by certain bacteria in the mouth. Regularly use of neem toothpaste and mouth rise (with real extracts) can prevent and cure infection, tooth decay, tender and bleeding gums and so on. You can also chew neem leaves for the same purpose. Beware of the bitterness, though!
Diabetes and Heart Disease
We see many herbal capsules and powders with neem in the market which claim to treat Diabetes. Neem can reduce insulin requirements for diabetics by half without altering blood glucose levels.
Cancer and AIDS
Many types of cancer including lymphocyte cancer and skin cancer can be treated by ingesting neem or by applying neem ointments and creams topically.
Neem can fortify your body, ward off infections and enhance your immunity with its immune-modulating polysaccharides compounds. Neem increases the production of antibodies while stimulating the immune function side by side.
Chronic fatigue, Arthritis and Rheumatism
By enhancing your immunity, Neems also gets rid off chronic fatigue and candida.
The polysaccharide compounds, catechin, and limonoids in neem help to reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling of the joints in people with Arthritis. Consumption of Neem and topical application can alleviate the pain and inflammation in rheumatism.
Insects and Pests (Malaria)
Neem oil is a natural, non-toxic insect repellent. It not only destroys the reproduction of agricultural pests and bugs (boll weevils and Florida beetles), Neem also helps in preventing diseases like malaria. The presence of neem trees in the compound keeps mosquitoes away and also stop them breeding in the compound.
Neem is a great detoxifier which it can can cleanse your circulatory, digestive, urinary systems. It is a healthy tonic and astringent that can cure wounds.