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Medicinal Herbs Neem


neemThe earlier literatures of Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine have described many preparation and surprising uses of Neem. Ayurveda claims that it provides an answer to many incurable diseases like diabetes, Jaundice, Leprosy, stomach ulcer, chicken pox, insect poisoning as well as vitiated Vata and Kapha. Modern research also confirms Neems curative power in case many diseases. The antiviral antifungal properties of Neem make it all the more useful. Modern research also provides indication that it might in future be used much more widely. In Ayurvedic text Neem has been regarded as the “Sarva-roga-nivarini” as it keeps all disease away. The blood purification property of Neem made it favorite natural ingredient. Every part of Neem such as bark, seed oil, leaf, root, gum, seed kernels has medicinal properties and hence used in therapeutic preparations. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Neem oil – It is extracted from Neem seed. It has insecticidal property so used as pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and for other application.
  2. Neem leaves– It has great importance in Ayurveda. It is applied as the paste form in skin to cure skin problems. It is also beneficial for chicken pox. It is used to make Neem tea i.e. consumed to reduce fever due to Malaria and to treat irritated throat. Fresh Neem leaves are consumed to cure Diabetes. It also smoothening effect.
  3. Neem twig – It is used as a teeth cleaning brush in Indian sub continent. It is extremely beneficial for teeth.
  4. Neem seed cake – It is the left over part of Neem seed used to enrich the soil. It also reduces the nitrogen loss of soil. It is also used as nematicide.
  5. Neem extract has spermicidal properties, so it is used for making contraceptives.
  6. Neem enhances the body’s internal defense system. And boost our natural immunity.
  7. In addition to them, it is great to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin infections.

So we must, preserve and plant Neem and use it to our level based to create healthy world which is the goal of Ayurveda.


About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda

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