Short History on Neem
Is the world's number one herb a sleeper? Well, if you have never heard of the benefits of neem (Azadirachta indica) then the answer is yes. However, very few people in India will not be familiar with this herb since its use in ayurvedic healing dates back some 5000 years. Described by some as a panacea, neem is an evergreen tree found growing throughout the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, and in the tropics. Every part of this tree has medicinal value and all parts of this tree can be used, from the sap, twigs, flowers, and bark to the seeds, gum, fruit, and roots. To describe anything as a panacea might seem outmoded and unbelievable since rarely does the reality meet the expectation but, as you will see, that lofty pinnacle is achieved by neem. The Medicinal Properties of Neem, so many uses in herbal medicine! Neem is used to combat tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, and worm infestations. It is used in vomiting, skin diseases, and excessive thirst. It heals wounds, reverses gum disease, reduces high blood pressure, and is used to treat arthritis, malaria, diabetes, liver disease, and cancer. Neem leaves reportedly remove toxins, purify blood, and prevent damage caused by free radicals in the body by neutralizing them.
Does Neem Purify the blood?
Yes. Ideally, we would love our blood to be as clean as the sea water that pulses through a remote coral reef in the South Pacific. However, a variety of potentially harmful things invade our blood on a regular basis.
What are these uninvited intruders?
- Free Radicals
How can I use Neem?
Neem leaf extracts and tinctures: if a plant contains toxic substances, then these are usually concentrated in tinctures and extracts. Different extracts will contain different concentrations of different ingredients, depending on the solvent used and the method of processing.
Neem extract is mostly known for its promising medicinal uses, but in some experiments neem leaves extracts have produced nasty side effects in laboratory animals. Unless you know exactly what you are taking and what you are doing, don't self medicate with extracts. The use of extracts should be left to experienced Ayurvedic doctors.
Neem tea: dried herbs made into teas or infusions are usually quite safe. This is true for neem as well.
Neem capsules are popular because they are convenient, and because you avoid the extremely bitter taste of the leaves. But capsules are the least effective way to use herbs. They are generally poorly digested, poorly utilized, and often stale and ineffective. Which also means they are pretty safe.
Ayurvedic Medicine: For thousands of years, practitioners of Ayurvedic Medicine have revered Neem as a miracle blood purifier. That is, Neem, rids the blood of parasites pathogens such as malaria, cancer, encephalitis virus, influenza, chaga disease, among many more.
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary "Neem leaves have been used traditionally as a blood cleanser due to their anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-septic qualities."
Klaus Ferlow "Neem is one of the most powerful blood purifiers and detoxicants."
Discover Neem.com "The leaves cleanse the blood, help the gastrointestinal system (ulcers), support the liver, and strengthen the immune system, to name just some of the most popular benefits."
Sukhmani Grover "Neem leaves purify your blood and make you stay away from various digestive disorders and respiratory problems. They stimulate your immune system and detoxify your blood, thus preventing many diseases. Anti viral activity of the leaves keep you away from viral diseases for it inhibits the growth of virus in your body."