NEEM – OVERVIEW TO AYURVEDA
Among the many natural plants and ayurvedic herbs that people in India use for their medicinal properties, the Neem tree( Azadirachta Indica) is one of the most beneficial for natural or Ayurvedic medicine. Found over most of the forested regions of the Indian Subcontinent, as well as in other countries of similar climatic conditions. The Neem tree can thrive in climates that range From hot, or tropical (45 degrees Celsius) to altitudes of semi-temperate, higher altitude regions, with temperatures slightly above freezing. Used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years, the Neem tree& bark, Neem leaves, Neem seeds, and roots can be made into various medicinal remedies for a wide range of ailments, ranging From anti-hemorrhoids and loss of appetite, diabetes to leprosy and other skin disorders. For generations, Indian medical practitioners have made poultices FromNeem leaves to care for skin diseases such as boils, ulcers, eczema, and ringworm. Pastes and extracts From Neem trees have also proven effective in treating various skin fungus conditions, including athlete& foot and lesions in the mouth and vagina. More serious diseases such as chicken pox and smallpox have been treated with Neem tree pastes, and even people suffering From herpes and hepatitis B viruses have obtained relief From Neem tree preparations.
Oil made From the Neem trees fruit and seeds is light to dark brown in color and somewhat bitter tasting; almost like a combination of peanuts and garlic. The oil contains quantities of steroids, including beta-sitosterol (used to treat men suffering From enlarged prostate glands) as well as linoleic and oleic acids (Omega 6 and 9), and is found to contain the well known Omega 3 fatty acid (used to prevent arterial sclerosis). In addition to its medicinal properties, Neem oil is also used as a base for a variety of organic cosmetics including soaps, shampoos, hand and body lotions, and creams. It is also used as an organic biopesticide repellant against insects such as Japanese beetles, mealworms, and aphids. Neem trees are now grown commercially in more than 30 countries and have even been successfully introduced into warmer regions of North America. Because of its climatic versatility, Neem trees are being used in many reforestation projects around the world.
The neem tree has been used for more than 3000 years in the Indian subcontinent. The Indian physicians Charaka (2nd century AD) and Susruta (4th century AD), whose books provided the foundation of the Indian system of natural treatment, the Ayurveda, also mention the tree and its medical use. In Ayurveda, the neem tree is called the “Sarva Roga Nivarini” (one that could care all ailments and ills). Neem capsules are the best product for curing psoriasis naturally. Psoriasis is a complicated skin disorder, but neem helps to get rid of this disease naturally. There are several other skin diseases which are healed by using neem capsules.
Immune System. Its detoxifying effects on the body make it a great immune booster, especially for the cleansing of ama from the body.*
Blood Sugar. The purifying benefits neem has on the body’s blood and circulation also help support healthy blood sugar levels already in the normal range.*
GI Tract. A healthy digestive environment is vital for health. Neem reduces unwanted heat and toxins in the GI tract.*
Metabolism. Neem’s Kapha-reducing properties encourage proper fat and water digestion and elimination, keeping water retention from accumulating in the body.*
Lungs. Neem supports clear breathing and a healthy respiratory system.*
Skin Moisture and Softness. Neem’s skin benefits work both internally and externally. As an external application, Neem oil or soap helps soothe and lubricate the skin.*
Hair. For those with excess pitta and heat trapped in the scalp and hair follicles, neem is terrific for cooling the scalp and supporting the growth of lustrous, smooth hair.*
In very general terms, neem is known to have an affinity for the reproductive system, the GI tract, the urinary tract, the respiratory system, and the circulatory system.6 For thousands of years, various parts of the neem tree have been gathered for traditional health promoting as well as practical everyday uses. The leaves, fruits, bark, and seed oil offer a wealth of benefits to the skin, nails, scalp, teeth, and gums. Neem oil softens, moisturizes, and protects the skin and can also be used as a deodorant for malodorous sweat.8, 6 Neem is highly effective in the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums and supports overall oral hygiene;7 it is revered for the capacity to evoke natural color and vibrant health in both skin and hair;7, 9 and it also encourages strong digestion and metabolism, healthy blood, and bolsters the immune system.7
Neem Capsules by Astron Herbal contains standardized extract of Azadirachta Indica bark in pure vegetarian capsules. Each capsule consists of 500 mg of neem extract Azadirachta Indica. The dosage of neem for skin diseases is 1-2 capsules twice/thrice daily for one month after a meal, with plain water.
Medicinal properties of neem have been known to Indians since time immemorial. 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 systems of medicine.
In Ayurvedic literature neem is described in the following manner: ‘Neem bark is cool, bitter, astringent, acrid and refrigerant.
It is useful in tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestation. It heals wounds and vitiated conditions of kapha, vomiting, skin diseases, excessive thirst, and diabetes.
Neem leaves are reported to be beneficial for eye disorders and insect poisons.
It is anti-leprotic. Its fruits are bitter, purgative, anti-hemorrhoids and anthelmintic’. Claimed that neem provides an answer to many incurable diseases.
Traditionally neem products have been used against a wide variety of diseases which include heat-rash, boils, wounds, jaundice, leprosy, skin disorders, stomach ulcers, chicken pox, etc.
Modern research also confirms neem’s curative powers in case of many diseases and provides indications that neem might in future be used much more widely. Some important medical applications of neem capsules are as mentioned below
Neem gives excellent results in all skin diseases like Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Scabies, Herpes, Athlete’s foot, Yeast infection, Candida and so on.
NEEM IS ALSO HELPFUL IN:
Dental disease like Gingivitis, Gum disease, Tooth decay etc. open up the capsule and scrub the powder on the gums and teeth.
Respiratory diseases like Bronchitis and Cough- excellent to treat infections.
Leucorrhoea – Good to clear the foul smell and works best anti-biotic and anti-septic.
Skin related infections like Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Scabies, Herpes, Athlete’s foot etc.
PRECAUTIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS
- Since it can lower blood glucose levels, as a general rule, if one is fasting then it is better to avoid oral intake of neem.
- People with diabetes should use neem only under medical provision with a constant blood glucose level monitoring.
- Neem is quite Vata provoking and hence should not be used in excess by those with Vata imbalance like—anxiety, dry skin, constipation.
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