The Neem tree, an important and sacred tree of India, has many astounding therapeutic and healing qualities. The United Nations has declared it as the 'Tree of 21st century'. Almost all parts of Neem tree, including its bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds, have some curative value. In India, this tree is widely known as 'The Village Pharmacy'. Neem is a big tropical evergreen tree and can be found throughout India.
1. Neem has been proven to be very effective in the alleviation and treatment of acne vulgaris or common acne caused by bacteria. Neem leaf, oil, capsules and other neem products like soap and powder are enriched with properties that fight against bacteria.
2. Due to its antimicrobial activity, neem is widely used to treat many dermatitis conditions like eczema, scabies, and psoriasis.
3. Topical application of neem leaf extracts can cure eczema. Using soaps or shampoo containing neem oil reduces the itching and rash.
4. Neem is an excellent natural blood purifying agent.
5. Neem is an antiviral agent and is used in the treatment of many viral diseases like chicken pox, hepatitis, and herpes.
6. The neem leaf contains two antifungal compounds, gedunin and nimbidol that help in preventing and treating many fungal infections.
7. The daily intake of neem leaves or juice makes skin healthy and glowing.
8. The regular internal consumption of neem leaves helps to improve general health condition and protects the body against flu and common cold.
9. Neem tree compounds exhibit many other biological activities like antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and antipyretic.
10. Neem oil and bark extracts are shown to have antiulcer properties.
11. Neem oil is noted to have immunomodulatory effects.
12. Oral intake of neem leaf extracts can significantly reduce the amount of insulin requirement.
13. Irodin A, an active component of neem leaves, is found to be toxic to drug-resistant malaria strains.
1. Helminthiasis or worm infestation
2. Skin infections
3. Skin ulcers
4. Itching and burning sensations
5. External parasite infestations
6. Gastric problems
1. Neem oil is used in the preparation of many cosmetics and medicines.
2. Neem seed and leaf extracts are useful in avoiding pregnancy.
3. Used to treat wounds, boils, pain, earaches, and headaches and prevents infections.
4. Helpful in treating tooth decay and gum diseases.
5. Neem is reported to have the potential to treat HIV, heart problems, and cancer.