The Neem Tree is known all over the world as “The Tree of Life” and the first mention of the Neem Tree dates back over a thousand years to the Indian Subcontinent. The Neem Tree has been the source of the recent research projects and most of them have been having promising results. Entire villages in India depended on the Neem Tree to maintain the health of the villagers and different parts of the Neem Tree have been shown to have antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The Indian poets have called the Neem Tree “SarvaRogaNivarini “which means “The One that cures all ailments”.
The Neem Tree has been called “The Village Pharmacy” because of bark, leaves, sap, fruits, seeds, and sap are used for many different medicines by the Indian people. This part of the Mahogany family is held in high esteem because of its many centuries of use for different medicinal reason. It has been traced back as far as four thousand years.
The Neem Tree has been shown to help the skin in certain ways and those are the neem oil seems to cure acne, skin rashes, and burns, often applied to external wounds or cuts to prevent the risk of infections and promote healing, reduces the itchiness and redness caused by eczema, reduces the frequent breakout of acne, reduces the reduces and inflammation of acne, and is added to cosmetic soaps and lotion to help treat dry skin and prevent wrinkles.
Neem Oil is added right to the scalp to prevent the aging of gray hair, reduce hair loss, is massaged into the scalp to treat and prevent dandruff.
Neem has been actively used to prevent arthritis and the progress of the disease, is applied directly to the skin to prevent muscle aches and joint pain, and is massaged directly onto the lower part of the back to relieve the pain associated with lower back problems, to treat the swelling, pain, and inflammation of arthritis.
Neem is used to treat indigestion, acidity, and heartburn, stomach pains, constipation. Neem tea is often prepared to give to the patient for any stomach concerns. Neem is believed to be a powerful cleanser and removes any toxins that are found in the bloodstream and the bark of the Neem Tree is used to help boosts the body’s immunity and help build resistance to diseases.
People who are suffering from diabetics have used Neem to treat and relieve diabetics by controlling the blood glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity. Neem has also been used to prevent certain types of cancer and research studies are being done to see what properties are useful in treating and preventing cancer. Studies are also being done to see if Neem can reduce the size of the tumor in cancer patients.
The twigs are used as a natural toothbrush to clean the teeth and gums while promoting oral health. Mouthwash and Neem based toothpaste has been used to prevent tooth decay, treat inflamed gums, and to help prevent cavities. Neem seems to stimulate and strengthen gum tissues and helps to prevent gum disease and gingivitis.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.