Also Known As
Margosa, Arista, Indian Lilac, Vempu, Nimm, Arya Veppu, Azad Dirakht,, Nimba, DogonYaro, Margosa, Neeb, Nimtree, Vepu, Vempu, Vepa, Bevu, Kohomba, Vembu, Tamar, Muarubaini
Leaves, seed and bark can be used although most traditional use, including those documented here refers to neem leaf.
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Neem is one of the most widely used and well studied herbs of our times. It has a very broad range of therapeutic applications (and many others from agriculture to contraception). It's active ingredients include nimbin, nimbinin, nimbidin and b-sitosterol.
Neem is used for many things from bathing new-born babies to protecting people (and plants) from insects.
Neem is perhaps best known for its anthelmintic properties (expelling parasitic worms from the body). It is also antibacterial and well known for clearing the complexion and eradicating blemishes.
However Neem's benefits don't end there. In Ayurvedic medicine, Neem is known as a powerful blood purifier and is therefore excellent for detoxification, effecting circulatory, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems.
Neem is a tonic and it's astringent properties make it excellent for healing wounds. It also stimulates the immune system by energizing lymphocytes thus reducing or preventing infection.
Neem is bitter and considered alterative so it is also used for reducing fevers.
Neem is also well known for treating diabetes and for preventing or delaying the onset of the disease. One study indicates that by taking 5 grams of neem leaf per day, a diabetes sufferer can reduce their insulin intake by 50%. Several other studies have been done that show that neem leaf has a hypoglycemic effect comparable to prescription drugs.
There are a wide variety of Neem applications and dosages. 2 - 4 grams 2 - 3 times a day would be a fairly standard dose