If you’re into gardening, you’ve probably heard of neem oil. It is often used in organic farming as a natural pesticide, insecticide and fungicide due to its bitter taste and strong odor, which repels many common pests. In addition to its agricultural uses, neem oil is also used in personal care products such as soaps, shampoos and creams due to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.
What most people don’t know, that neem oil is actually a potent natural medicine. It is obtained from the seeds and fruits of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), native to India and Southeast Asia. The fruit of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is not commonly considered edible for humans, because it has a very bitter taste. However, in some parts of the world, the kernels of the neem seeds are roasted or boiled and used in certain dishes. In traditional medicine, the neem fruit has been used for various purposes due to its perceived health benefits.
Medicinal properties of neem were known and used by the Ancient Indian cultures. The earliest Sanskrit medical writings refer to the benefits of neem’s fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark. Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.
Neem oil is known to be cool, bitter and astringent. It can be used to combat, treat, and prevent many diseases and illnesses. Let’s take a look at the amazing benefits from using neem oil, and how taking it orally can benefit your health in many ways.
Neem Oil Can Help Manage And Treat Diabetes
More than a disease that requires change of diet, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people ages twenty-five and seventy-four; it also damages nerves, kidneys, heart and blood vessels; it may even result in the loss of limbs. Although incurable, it can be treated successfully with neem oil. Studies have shown that oral application of neem leaf extracts reduced a patient’s insulin requirements by between 30 and 50 percent for non-keytonic, insulin fast and insulin-sensitive diabetes.
Because neem has been found to reduce insulin requirements by up to 50 percent, without altering blood glucose levels, the Indian Government has approved the sale of neem capsules and tablets through pharmacies and clinics for this purpose.
Neem Oil Can Help Relieve Arthritis
Neem has a long history of relieving inflamed joints, supported by recent scientific studies. Neem is comparably effective, anti-inflammatory and does not adversely affect the stomach. The active constituents in its leaves relieve pain and significantly reduce inflammation. It is suggested that the phenolic compounds containing catechin (which possess anti-inflammatory properties) may produce the anti-inflammatory effects. It was also found that quercetin, an antibacterial compound, exists in neem leaves.
Not only does neem help reduce inflammation; it also has pain suppressing properties. Neem can help create a balance in the immune system, directly affecting the progression of arthritis.
Neem Oil Can Help Reduce Tumors And Cancerous Cells
Throughout Southeast Asia, neem has been used successfully by herbalists for hundreds of years to reduce tumors, and research now supports these uses! Neem has been tested on many types of cancers, using the herb internally with much success. In India, Europe and Japan scientists have found that polysaccharides and limonoids in neem oil reduced tumors and cancers. Several extracts were tested at different doses and were compared to standard anticancer agents. Many extracts were equal or better than the standard treatments against solid tumors.
In another study, one researcher used neem oil to prevent the adhesion of cancer cells to other body cells. If cancers can’t stick to other cells, the cancer can’t spread throughout the body and is more easily destroyed.
Neem Oil Can Be Helpful For Natural Dental Care
People in both India and Africa have used neem twigs as tooth brushes for centuries. Neem twigs contain antiseptic ingredients necessary for dental hygiene. Neem powder is also used to brush teeth and massage gums. Even over in Germany, many researchers have shown that neem extracts prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. Infections, tooth decay, bleeding and sore gums have all been treated successfully with daily use of neem mouth rinse or neem leaf extract added to the water. Some people have reported a total reversal of gum degeneration after using neem for only a few months.
Neem Oil Can Help Manage Heart Disease
Major causes of a heart attack include blood clots, high cholesterol, arrhythmic heart action and high blood pressure. Neem has been helpful in these conditions, as its leaf extracts have reduced clotting, lowered blood pressure and bad cholesterol, slowed rapid or abnormally high heartbeat and inhibited irregular heart rhythms. Some compounds produce effects similar to mild sedatives, which reduce anxiety and other emotional or physical states that may prompt a heart attack. The antihistamine effects of the nimbidin in its leaves cause blood vessels to dilate. This may be why the leaves help reduce blood pressure.
A recent study proved that, when a patient took either neem leaf extract or neem capsules for a month, her high cholesterol levels fell subsequently. In another study, alcoholic extract of neem leaves reduced serum cholesterol by approximately 30 percent two hours after its administration. The cholesterol level stayed low for an additional four hours until testing ceased.
Neem Oil Can Help Reduce Stress
Relatively new scientific findings indicate that neem can significantly reduce anxiety and stress without side effects. The explanation of neem’s anti-anxiety effects lie in its ability to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain. Because it works well in small amounts, it could be safer than drugs currently used for stress, which can cause many side effects.
An experiment was done on mice to see the effect neem leaf extracts had on these conditions. Fresh leaves were crushed and the liquid squeezed out to produce a leaf extract. The extract was given orally to three sets of mice, in two standard stress tests. One group received salt water as a base control; another received Valium; another received the neem leaf extract. The doses of neem leaf extract showed important anti-anxiety activity equal to or greater than Valium, with no apparent side effects.
Neem Oil Can Help Heal Ulcers
In the Ayurvedic medical tradition, neem is used for ulcers and gastric discomfort. Compounds in neem have been proven to have anti ulcerative effects. Neem is also useful in treating other problems in the stomach and bowels, such as heartburn and indigestion. The herb promotes a healthy digestive system by protecting the stomach, aiding in elimination, and removing toxins and noxious bacteria.
Finally, neem oil has also been shown to be effective for treating digestive disorders such as diarrhea, dysentery, hyperacidity and constipation. The extracts reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, and the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can relieve the effects of this condition.
It Can Successfully Treat Psoriasis
The oil moisturizes and protects the skin while healing the lesions, scaling and irritations. Experiments have shown that patients with psoriasis, who have taken neem oil orally, combined with topical treatment with neem extracts and neem seed oil, achieve better results compared to those who use coal tar and cortisone, the more traditional treatments. Coal tar products are messy and smelly and cortisone can thin the skin when used repeatedly. Neem has neither side effect. It can be used for extended periods of time without any side effects, is easy to apply and is relatively inexpensive.
Neem Oil May Help AIDS Patients
Some of the best news is that neem may help in the search for a prevention or a cure for AIDS. The National Institutes of Health reports results from in vitro tests for an AIDS prevention and possible cure using extracts from the tree. In 1993, in a preliminary study, the National Institutes of Health reported positive results from in vitro tests where neem bark extracts killed the AIDS virus. Using extracts made by soaking neem bark in water, Dr. Van Der Nat of the Netherlands found that the extract produced a strong immune stimulating reaction. Therefore, AIDS may possibly be treated by ingesting neem leaf extracts or the whole leaf or by drinking a neem tea.
Neem contains immune modulating polysaccharide compounds; which can increase antibody production. Other elements of neem may stimulate immune function by enhancing cellular mediated response. This powerful combination can help the body ward off the frequent infections that generally accompany AIDS.
It Can Treat Viral Diseases
In India, neem is also used to treat viral diseases such as small-pox and chicken-pox. Studies have shown that experiments with smallpox, chicken pox and fowl-pox have shown that neem is quite effective for treating and preventing these diseases. The neem extracts absorb the viruses, preventing them from spreading to unaffected cells. Neem has also been shown to be effective against herpes virus, hepatitis B virus, and even staphylococcus aureus(staph infection).
Neem oil can treat small-pox, chicken-pox, and warts, minor cuts, sprains and bruises. Studies indicate that neem extracts can block infection by the virus that causes Hepatitis. Recent studies show that neem extracts are toxic to the herpes virus and can easily heal cold sores.
Knowing all that we do about the wonderful benefits of ingesting neem oil, it is important to note that while some parts of the neem plant are used in traditional medicine and certain foods, the plant can also be toxic in large quantities (as with many medicinal plants) and should be used with caution. This is why it is important to know the quality of the products you put into your body.
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