Neem is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic herbs and is used to detoxify the body. It is a bitter tonic herb that clears toxins, while supporting the body's natural inflammation response and its ability to heal wounds.
Benefits of Neem
- Neem supports normal skin health
- Neem is useful as a tonic and astringent that supports the body's natural wound healing abilities.
- Neem has detoxifying benefits that help maintain healthy circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and urinary systems.
- Neem supports normal function of the dermal and circulatory systems
- Neem supports normal, clean blood flow to the organs
- Neem contains the active, bitter principal constituents nibin and nimbidin
Directions for taking Himalaya Neem
1 capsule twice a day with meals. Allow several weeks for long lasting benefits. Natural products have a wholistic effect on the body and take time for absorption and results.
Does Neem have any side effects?
Neem is safe for consumption for most adults in the prescribed dosage. Neem leaves and flowers are even consumed as a dish in India during summer months due to its cooling effects.
Neem should not be taken if you are trying to conceive, are pregnant or nursing.
Neem oil should not be given to infants and small children for consumption.
Does Neem have any drug interactions?
Since neem helps maintain normal blood sugar levels, you should consult your doctor if you take diabetes medications
Neem promotes the body's own healthy immune system. If you are taking immunosuppressant medications you should consult your doctor as such medicines can interact with Neem.
If you are taking lithium, please consult with your doctor before taking neem as dosage of lithium may have to be changed.
Botanical Name : AZADIRACHTA INDICA
Family Name : MELIACEAE
Common Name : LILAC, MARGOSA TREE, NEEM, NEEM CHAL
The Neem tree grows throughout India. All parts of the tree including leaves, bark, twigs, flowers, fruit and seeds are used. Neem leaves are astringent, soothing and cooling. The root bark posseses astringent and tonic properties. It is also useful in Malarial fever. The oil is used in making Neem based soaps, shampoos and toothpaste.
Neem in Ayurveda:
Neem has been used in the ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years to maintain health. The roots, bark, gum, leaves, fruit, seed kernels and seed oil are all used in therapeutic preparations for both internal and topical use.
Neem is regarded as a Twacha (skin) Rasayana in the ayurvedic literature. Neem has a purifying and clarifying effect, drawing out excess oil and smoothing out blemishes, so it is wonderful for persons with Kapha (earth or water predominant) skin. It is also soothing for dry, irritated skin when combined with aloe vera or rose water. Because of its cooling nature, neem is also helpful for Pitta-related skin issues
The Neem leaf is especially useful in balancing Vata disorders. It removes ama and other toxins from the body, purifies the blood, and neutralizes damaging free radicals. The Neem bark has cool, bitter, and astringent properties. It is traditionally used to treat tiredness, Kapha dosha imbalance.
How is Neem traditionally used?
In India neem leaves are fried and eaten with rice along with ghee (clarified butter) or other vegetables especially during summer as it helps cool the body. Neem is also considered very beneficial in keeping blood sugar levels normal.
Neem twigs are chewed on to brush the teeth and cleanse the mouth.
A paste made of neem leaves is used as a poultice on cuts and minor wounds. This paste is also used to soothe the skin during chicken pox outbreaks.
Neem seed oil is used topically on the skin to heal rashes, acne and other skin disorders.
Neem leaf powder is used to reduce fever and pain
Neem leaves are used as an insecticide.
What properties of Neem contribute to its benefits?
The beneficial properties of Neem are considered to be due to the various secondary metabolites found in different parts of the Neem tree.
The major constituents contributing to its medicinal properties are Azadirachtin, Azadirone, Gedunin, Meliacarpin, Nimbin, Salannin, Vilasinin groups.
Crude neem extracts were found to be more potent than pure extracts of Azadirachtin showing that there are many compounds which even in low concentration exert potency.
Pure Neem from Himalaya Herbals
Himalaya Neem is from the renowned Himalaya Herbals brand endorsed by over 250,000 doctors worldwide and used by customers in over 60 countries. Himalaya Herbals products have been researched clinically and standardized to guarantee bioequivalence. Bioequivalence refers to ensuring that the product on the market is equivalent to the one on which clinical trials were successfully conducted. Himalaya Herbal Healthcare uses chromatographic fingerprinting, one of the most sophisticated standardization techniques, to ensure consistent quality and performance
Neem Research and Clinical Studies
Neem is the most widely researched tree in the world on account of its well known medicinal and pesticidal properties. Various research studies on neem and its benefits can be found at pubmed.org.
A research study showed the skin supportive effects of the seeds and leaves of the Neem plant
(Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology. 2003 Apr-Jun;21(2):98-101, Department of Microbiology, Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalai University, India)
A 2007 study indicated that the results gave some scientific support to the use of Neem by the indigenous people in India for normal dermal function and internal cleansing support
(Journal of Ethnopharmacology, May 22 2007, 111(3):607-12), Department of Biochemistry, University of Calcutta, India)
In Germany, scientists showed that a plant derived wound dressing containing neem oil helps heal post-surgical scalp wounds.
(Journal of Wound Care. 2012 May;21(5):228, 230, 232-3.)
Another study showed the use of Neem biomass for the biosorption of zinc from aqueous solutions.
(Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2008 Jan 15;
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