Veterinarian Reviewed on January 10, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Neem Herb (Azadirachta indica)
The Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is native to India and in the semi tropical regions of Asia. There are many names for the Neem tree and some of them are Nimba, Limdo, Kadu-Limba, Nimtree, Vepu, Tamar, etc.
The Neem herb is from the Neem tree which is also the fastest growing tree reaching to a height of 50 to 60 feet.
The use of the Neem herb in many herbal preparations to treat various illnesses has given the tree the names Sacred Tree, Nature’s Drugstore and Heal All.
History and Origin
The uses of Neem herb and the Neem tree originated in India. The entire tree is considered to be useful; from the bark, leaves and the fruits/berries. The Neem herb is called the Sacred Tree because of the amazing healing properties that the tree has.
The Neem herb and the Neem tree are used primarily in skin care because of its anti bacterial properties. It is known to be a malarial drug and is also used to kill insects and pests in the home. In traditional Indian medicine, the Neem herb is used as a decoction to relieve fever.
There are many modern uses of the Neem herb that have been adapted from ancient Indian medicine. The Neem herb has antihelmintic properties that can cure parasites of the intestines and other gastro intestinal problems like stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
It is used as an antifungal herbal remedy as well. It is used to treat psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions, as well as to treat painful hemorrhoids. The oil from the Neem herb and Neem tree is also used in cosmetic preparations in India and other parts of the world, such as in shampoos, soaps, balms, creams and acne treatments. Neem herbs and leaves are also used to treat skin itching in persons with chicken pox. A person with chicken pox is made to sleep on Neem leaves to relive severe itching in India and other countries.
Neem herb has been also used to treat diabetes as it is able to decrease blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes. A special Neem herb gum is used to treat diabetic symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Even in modern times, the Neem herb and the Neem tree blossoms are used in delicious Indian dishes. It is also a favorite ingredient in Cambodian and Thai dishes as well.
Timber from the Neem tree is used in making houses in India since the timber is very resilient and is known to resist termites and other insects. The tree has tannins and gum that is also used in making skin care and cosmetic items as well.
There are no untoward side effects of the use of the Neem herb. But even with no side effects noted, pregnant and lactating women are cautioned in the use of this herb.
If you would like to use Neem herb preparations and dietary supplements for your illness, consult your doctor or herbalist regarding the use and dosage of Neem herb preparations for your illness prior to use. Never use any herbal remedy without consulting your doctor first especially when you are ill or taking other medications.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan