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Benefits of Neem And Its Side Effects

Neem is ideal for curing bacterial diseases, asthma, ulcers, diabetes, leprosy and malaria. It also improves blood circulation and maintains oral hygiene and health. Apart from this it may also be used as a contraceptive in certain cases.

Benefits of Neem And Its Side Effects

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Neem
Nutritional Value of Neem
Health Benefits of Neem
Neem contains antibacterial properties
May work as a contraceptive in some cases
Cures asthma
Helps to treat ulcers
Control diabetes
Maintains Oral hygiene and health
Helps to cure leprosy
Increases blood circulation
Soothes malaria symptoms
Uses of Neem
Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem
Cultivation of Neem

Neem

Neem is also known as Indian lilac or nimtree. It comes from the mahogany family and grows mostly in the Indian subcontinent which consists of India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. It flourishes in semi-tropical and tropical regions only. Neem is also found on the islands located in southern Iran. Neem oil extracted from the neem plant is said to be extremely beneficial for health.

Nutritional Value of Neem

Neem contains various antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anthelmintic properties. Neem oil can be extracted with diluted alcohol, ethyl acetate, petrol ether and ether. It also contains amorphous sulphur. Neem is loaded with antibacterial properties which is why it tastes extremely bitter. They also serve as a natural insecticide. Nowadays Neem urea is used as a substitute to plain urea fertilizer especially in India. It also improves soil health, fertilizer’s efficacy and reduces pollution to a great extent.

Health Benefits of Neem

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Neem
Health Benefits of Neem

Neem contains antibacterial properties

The leaves of neem not only contain antibacterial properties but also contain antiviral and antifungal properties. The properties are so strong that it can also control the pathogens in manure. Neem stick also contains microbial effects, in most places neem stick is usually chewed by people to promote oral health and to keep teeth free from cavities or plaque. Neem can also be used to control spoilage organism and foodborne pathogens.

May work as a contraceptive in some cases

Neem has an anti-fertility effect due to the strong properties it possesses. In a lot of studies, rats that had been treated with neem oil surprisingly remained infertile for some time. Neem oil can also kill sperms, hence can be used as a spermicide. Researches also show that woman who applied neem oil intravaginally just before sexual intercourse couldn’t get pregnant after that particular intercourse. However, Neem oil doesn’t affect the testosterone level in men.

Cures asthma

Neem oil helps asthma patients and also helps in treating cough, fever, and controls phlegm. Consuming a few drops of neem oil each day can do wonders and offer you healthy lungs. It cures asthma and prevents asthma completely if consumed on a daily basis. It can be chewed raw or mixed with beverages.

Helps to treat ulcers

Ulcers and gastric issues are very common and proton pump inhibitors are a few of the remedies which one usually adopts, but it is however not natural and can cause side effects. Therefore, neem is very effective and safe in treating gastric hyperacidity and ulcers. The extract from the neem bark has powerful properties to cure these ailments safely. This usually happens because Neem increases the quantity of gastric mucus which plays a major role in combating ulcers.

Control diabetes

According to studies, Neem plant has hypoglycaemic or blood sugar lowering properties. Therefore, Neem is beneficial in controlling the blood sugar levels and can be ideal for diabetic patients. It can also delay and prevent certain diseases. It also prevents oxidative stress which is caused due to diabetes. Anti-diabetic properties in neem oil or neem extracts make it useful for maintaining a healthy body.

Maintains Oral hygiene and health

Neem oil can treat any sort of gum ailments. Mouthwashes which contain neem extracts are available abundantly and are used to cure oral issues. This is due to the fact that the anti-bacterial properties it contains helps to fight Streptococcus mutans present in our mouth which can lead to mouth sores or even bad breath. It can also be used as an anti-microbial agent or a purifier. Tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis and dental plaque can also be cured by consuming neem leaf. Cleaning your teeth regularly with a neem twig can give you whiter and shinier teeth as it is rich in antioxidants. It can also build up the gums and immune responses of the mouth tissues.

Helps to cure leprosy

According to Egyptian culture, Neem can be used to cure leprosy. Since it is non-mutagenic, it doesn’t result to any changes in the DNA and can also prevent leprosy from occurring. Powder form or liquid extract of neem helps to treat digestive issues and is ideal for digestion.

Increases blood circulation

Since Neem is a blood purifier, it is ideal for blood circulation and cleanses the entire body. Consuming Neem on a daily basis can also prove beneficial for your skin and prevent the occurrence of blackheads or acne to a certain extent. In some cases, it can also regulate a person’s hormone levels.

Soothes malaria symptoms

Neem is beneficial for soothing the discomfort and pain associated with malaria. It also speeds up the healing process due to its antibacterial properties. It is also useful in preventing malaria from occurring.

Uses of Neem

Neem can be used for a number of purposes such as curing fever, upset stomach, worms, skin blemishes and heart diseases. Apart from this, if Neem juice is directly applied on the scalp, it can kill and prevent head lice too due to its antiseptic qualities.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem

Neem can have certain side effects too even though it possesses strong healing properties. Neem shouldn’t be consumed by infants because it contains certain substances which is known to cause Reye’s syndrome in infants. Even a small dosage can prove fatal for them. It can also cause allergies, infertility, miscarriages in women and stomach irritation. It can also cause kidney damage if it is taken excessively and can increase fatigue. People with already low blood pressure are advised not to consume Neem.

Cultivation of Neem

Neem can thrive in sub-humid to humid areas which receive 400 to 1,200 millimetres of rainfall. It grows well in sandy or deeply drained soil. Neem is found in some countries located in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa, West Africa, Indian ocean and some parts of Australia.

Popular Questions & Answers

I'm male 26 years old and height would be 180 cm. What the benefits of neem leaves bath if we take daily. What are the benefits and what the method of bath.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
It is general antiseptic and kills bacteria and viruses on the skin... Method is to put neem leaves in hot water and bath with the water..
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Request for an advice - If Neem Powder added in water and consumed in empty stomach daily is good for type 2 diabetic patients and will it control the Blood Sugar? Thanks.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, It all depends upon the level of sugar in blood, if beta cells are active to produce insulin even in little quantity ,i.e, if you are diebitic II, benefit of neem be explored, of course. All anti-diebitics be maintained, pleased. Tk, care.
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Hey, what are the benefits of neem oil for hairs. Please suggest neem oil company. Both homeopathy and Ayurvedic will do it. Thanks.

BHMS
Homeopath, Barabanki
Your head Has it's own oil gland which secrete oil useful for hair growth. Hairs never need any oil for their growth. Ita a medical myth. Instead of applying neem or Amla oil it will be better if you start eating Neem and Amla fruits regularly, that would be more helpful.
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Popular Health Tips

Hair Fall - How to Control It Naturally?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Saharanpur
Hair Fall - How to Control It Naturally?

With changing lifestyles and environmental pollution, hair fall is becoming a bigger issue than it was a few decades ago. People in their 20s and 30s are losing hair, necessitating hair transplant.
Hair fall definitely affects a person’s esthetics, but it is a bigger issue than what just meets the eye. Hair fall especially in men can lead to baldness and when it occurs in the younger years, it affects their overall personality and self-esteem. Hair loss is usually associated with old age and this gives them an appearance much older than they actually are. This can even lead to depression and personality changes.
Ayurveda believes that hair loss has a deep-rooted problem. It believes that a combination of hair products, massage, meditation, and yoga can help in curing hair fall.

There are various products which are believed to have a dramatic effect on hair fall.

  1. Bhringaraj: This literally translates to the “king of hair.” Available for use in various forms like oil, powder or paste, this helps hair health in multiple ways reversing hair loss, promotes growth, and controls premature greying.
  2. Ritha: Ritha and shikakai are used as natural hair wash products for centuries. Minus the chemicals, they are excellent for preventing hair fall and also add to hair shine and strength.
  3. Shikakai: Another natural cleanser for the hair, it is loaded with vitamins antioxidants. It also helps retain the natural oils in the scalp. It can be mixed with water or with tea residue and applied as a paste on the hair.
  4. Brahmi: Another wonder product for the hair, it promotes hair follicles, nourishes the roots, removes dead skin from the scalp, and reduces hair fall. This can be used in combination with amla, tulsi, and curd for combined benefits.
  5. Neem: This again can be used as oil or as a paste. Neem helps hair fall by improving blood circulation, reducing dandruff and reduces itchiness. It has a cooling effect on the scalp.

In addition to these products, Ayurveda has other ways to control hair fall.

  1. Specific yoga asanas are believed to improve hair fall. These asanas which mostly require the person to stand on their head increase blood flow to the scalp and promote hair growth.
  2. A major reason for hair loss is stress and anxiety, and so meditation which helps in stress management can help in controlling hair fall and hair loss.
  3. Various oils like castor oil, coconut oil, neem oil, olive oil, almond oil, etc., can be used at slightly warm temperatures to massage the scalp. This promotes the hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

The next time you are worried about hair fall, try these options and see the difference. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurvedic Doctor.

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Health Benefits of Neem

M.Sc - foods and Nutrition, B.Sc - Foods and Nutrition, certificate in Sports Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Anand
Health Benefits of Neem

Health benefits of neem:

Neem is a medicinal plant. It grows in tropical and semi-tropical regions. An evergreen magical tree each part of the tree, such as the leaves, fruits, flowers and bark have been used for centuries in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, agriculture, insect repellents and medicinal cures. 

A revered tree in the indian tradition the neem is believed to be an embodiment of sitala, a folk goddess, seen suspended on a branch protecting against smallpox

Neem leaves enhance biological functions by strengthening the immune system, boosting respiratory functions, improves digestive health and supports the liver by getting rid of the unwanted toxins in the blood. 

1] Eye problems:

Powdered neem leaves mixed with water to a paste and applied on the eyes relieves eye problems. 

2] Viral disease:

Neem leaves paste rubbed on the infected area is said to be very effective for treating warts, chicken pox and small pox. 
Neem extracts, toxic to herpes virus accelerate healing. 
Neem hampers the dna polymerase virus that causes hepatitis b

3] De - Worming:

Neem acts as a de-worming agent and helps eliminate intestinal worms, restoring healthy functioning of the intestines. 

4] Cardiac care:

The leaves are known to be an effective blood cleanser, drinking water infused with neem leaves control high blood sugar. With large doses of antihistamine compounds, neem leaves help dilate blood vessels impeding blood coagulation, decrease elevated heart rates, relax erratic heart beats thus plummeting high blood pressure levels. 

5] Natural pesticide:

A natural pesticide dried neem leaves placed in cupboards prevent insects eating the clothes and protect rise from insects while stored in tins. 

6] Mosquito repellent:

Neem leaves are dried and burnt to keep away mosquitoes. 

7] Fungal disease: 

Neem is effective against certain fungal disease that infect the human body. These include fungus that causes infections of the bronchi, lungs and mucous membranes. 

8] Post - parturition disorder:

Neem juice administrated to a woman during labour helps normal contraction of the uterus preventing any slot of inflammation. Vagina douched with a lukewarm neem leaves concoction disinfects the passage and heals any lesions during childbirth. 

9] Skin care

The leaves moisture the skin keeping it soft and supple. They are effective for lightening scars and pigmentation caused by scabies and acne. 

10] Cancer:

Neem bark leaves and seed oil contain polysaccharides and limonoids, which are beneficial for alleviating cancers and tumors without side effects. 

11] Arthritis:

Certain properties of neem leaf seed, or bark naturally cures arthritis reducing pain and swelling in joints.

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Can Ayurveda Help In Dealing With Eczema?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Moradabad
Can Ayurveda Help In Dealing With Eczema?

Is your skin looking swollen and feeling dry and itchy? If yes- you may be suffering from eczema. Eczema is a skin condition characterized by these symptoms along with redness. When scratched the skin may break and develop a rash. Children are more susceptible to this condition as compared to adults. Eczema is typically a recurrent infection. Treating it with conventional medication helps subdue the symptoms but does not reduce the risk of it recurring. In cases like this, Ayurveda is often the most preferred form of treatment.

  • Ayurveda is a holistic form of medication that does not address only the symptoms that can be seen but addresses the root cause of the infection. It has negligible side effects and can be prescribed to children and adults. According to Ayurveda, eczema is also known as Vicharchika. This is caused by an imbalance in the immune system. Thus, in many cases, it may be accompanied by asthma, allergic hay fever etc. An unhealthy lifestyle with excessive late nights, stress, physical, mental and sexual activities can contribute towards this condition. In addition, consuming high amounts of alcohol, coffee, spicy or sour foods and stale foods can be responsible for eczema. All of these factors aggravate the pitta dosha and lead to the collection of ama or toxins under the skin.
  • Thus, to treat eczema, it is essential to pacify the pitta dosha. The first step towards this is to have a healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid oily and spicy food as well as tea, coffee, aerated drinks, and alcohol. Processed and preserved foods should also be avoided. In addition, try eating your meals on time and avoid late nights. Wear loose, cotton clothes that allow your skin to breathe. When bathing use mild, herbal soaps and a soft towel. Yoga asanas such as Bhujangasan and Pranayam can also help boost your immunity and reduce the ama in your body. This can also help reduce stress.
  • In addition, there are certain ayurvedic home remedies that could be beneficial. Neem leaves are known for their antiseptic properties. Boil 20-30 leaves in 4-5 cups of water and wash the affected area with the cooled decoction. You could also apply a warm paste of 1 teaspoon licorice root powder and sesame oil on the affected part of your skin. This may be removed after 3-4 hours. Above all, avoid scratching the area and keep the skin well moisturized.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Know About Acidity

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, Ph.d Arthritic Disorder
Ayurveda, Surat
Know About Acidity

Acidity is related to Heartburn and Gas formation in stomach. In acidity, acid reflux or Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), or more commonly known as 'Urdhvag Amalpitta' in ayurveda, there is a movement of gastric juices ( acid in nature) from the stomach into the lower part of esophagus. Ayurveda considers it to be caused by the aggravation of Pitta dosha. When Kapha is associated with this aggravated Pitta, the Acid starts climbing the oesophagus. This is exactly the hyperacidity for most of us and is translated widely as- Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Acid Brash etc.

 

CAUSES :

  • Excessive use of the oily and spicy foods
  • Anxiety, depression and anger
  • Irregular eating habits.
  • Consumption of Maida products in large quantity.
  • To use leafy vegetables in excess
  • Sleeping just after taking meal.
  • Drinking of excessive water
  • Not to sleep in night, long working hours.
  • Excessive intake of the caffeine and nicotine products.
  • Constipation
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Foods which are rich in fats, such as chocolates cause acidity or acid reflux diseases.
  • Excessive intake of alcohol, smoking, keeping stomach empty for long time, skipping breakfast causes acidity.
  • Other causes of acidity or heartburn are pregnancy, aging, obesity, and bad eating habit, like eating junk foods.

 

SYMPTOMS :

  • Pain in upper abdomen immediately following a large or spicy meal
  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of desire to eat which may persist for 1-2 days
  • Heartburn or sour belching
  • A sense of abdominal distension or 'bloating'
  • Flatulence (burping, belching)
  • Blood vomiting or blood in stool may occur in severe cases
  • If gastritis persists there may be eventual development of anemia

 

 TREATMENT :

Home Remedies

  • 1] For an instant relief from the high acid take tender coconut (Cocus nucifera) water. A dose of 100 to 500 ml should be taken twice/day. This is the best quick releiveing home remedy for the Heartburn alias Acid reflux.
  • 2] Take the powder of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) in a dose of 3 to 6 g should be taken with100 to 250 ml water twice/day. Amalaki is one of the best pacifier for the Pitta as well as the Kapha Dosha and also a rich source of Vitamin C- to heal the bruised stomach and esophagous due to the high production of the Acid in stomach.
  • 3] To get relief from the high reflux of the acid mix gruel of rice corn, raw sugar, and honey in equal quantity. A dose of 100 to 200 g should be taken twice/day. This will full the stomach and the mucoidal layer on will protect the Stomach and esophagus for longer times and will keep the heartburn and acid reflux, away.
  • 4] Take powdere of Haritaki and Bhringraja (Eclipta alba) in equal quantity. A dose of 3 to 6 g should be taken with 12 g of jaggery and warm water twice/day- this will help you to get rid of the basic causes behind the Acid Reflux and Heartburn. Bhringraj is a herb of choice to get rid if the liver problems and all kind of digestive upsets.
  • 5] Instead of Tea or Coffee prepare a decoction from the equal parts of stem of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), fruit of Neem, leaf of snakeguard, and Triphala. A dose of 14 to 28 ml should be taken twice/day. Take it only after cooling down to the room temperature. If you dont find the taste of above one, try this second option - prepare a decoction of equal parts of dried ginger, fruit of coriander, and leaf of snakeguard. A dose of 14 to 28 ml should be taken twice/day, keep in mind if you are mixing sugar- dont boil the sugar.
  • 6] Drink coriander (Coriandrum sativum) and cumin (Cuminum cyminum) tea, it is nice when your Acid reflux or heartburn is caused by the indigestion or overloading of the stomach in a late night party.

 

DIET & LIFESTYLE :

What to eat and how much to eat is an important factor in controlling acidity. The following tips should be followed:

  • The diet should consist of milk with sugar, and a little old rice.
  • Other recommended substances are: barley, wheat, rice (at least one year old), cucumber, bitter gourd, green banana, pumpkin, pomegranate, and cow's milk.
  • Eat dinner two to three hours before sleeping time as it keeps you healthy.
  • Fibers are necessary in the diet as they help in the digestion.
  • Take the balanced diet, don't shift to the totally bland spice-less foods.
  • Eat small meals more often as it helps in digestion.
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Allergic Rhinitis - Know What Can Put You At Risk!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Allergic Rhinitis - Know What Can Put You At Risk!

What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is defined as allergic symptoms in the nasal passage. Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal (occurring during specific seasons) or perennial (occurring year round). The allergens that most commonly cause seasonal allergic rhinitis include pollens from trees, grasses and weeds, as well as spores from fungi and moulds. The allergens that most commonly cause perennial allergic rhinitis are house dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander and fungi or moulds. Perennial allergic rhinitis tends to be more difficult to treat.

How does allergic rhinitis occur ?

This condition occurs when allergens (allergy- causing substances) come into contact with the nose, and usually also the ears, sinuses, and the throat. When allergens come in contact with the lining of the nose and sinuses, they trigger the cells to release the chemical histamine, which causes the allergy symptoms described below.

What are the symptoms ?

  • Nasal congestion 
  • Sneezing 
  • Watery " runny nose" 
  • Itchy eyes,nose,or throat 
  • Puffy eyes or 'allergic shiners'
  • Post nasal drip 
  • Tears 

These symptoms may occur during a certain season or year long. They can occur at any age. 

Risk factors for allergic rhinitis

Allergies can affect anyone, but you’re more likely to develop allergic rhinitis if your family has a history of allergies. Some external factors can trigger or worsen this condition, including:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Chemicals
  • Cold temperatures
  • Humidity
  • Wind
  • Air pollution
  • Hairspray
  • Perfumes
  • Cologne
  • Wood smoke
  • Fumes

Ayurvedic concept of rhinitis:

As per Ayurveda, Allergic rhinitis is compared with Vata- Kaphaja pratishaya. The concept of Ama, Asatmya and virudh aahara also predict the allergic conditions.

Ama is the product of impaired digestion and metabolism. It affects Rasa and Rakta Dhatu leading to manifestation of Pratishyaya. Wrong food combinations (Virudh aahar) having antagonist properties like fish with milk, fruit juice with milk, clarified butter with honey, ice cream after night meals, etc. leads to allergy.

Ayurveda believes in balancing the three doshas present in the human body, thus treating the disease on the whole. Treatment involves clearing the sinuses and expelling phlegm, alleviating the relevant dosha and detoxification. To permanently resolve this disorder, dietary and lifestyle adjustments may be necessary in addition to the strengthening of the immune system. Panchakarma is an effective means of treating Allergic Rhinitis.

Ayurvedic treatment for allergic rhinitis:

  1. If the symptoms are severe and in chronic conditions, Vamana Panchakarma treatment, followed by Virechana is administered. This helps to relieve Ama and balance Tridosha.
  2. In some cases, where the patient has normal digestion strength, Nasya treatment (nasal drops therapy) is administered with herbal oils such as Anu taila or Shadbindu Taila. 
  3. After the above Panchakarma treatments, Ayurvedic medicines are administered to improve respiratory immunity and strength of upper respiratory tract.

Useful Ayurvedic medicines in treating allergic rhinitis:

  1. Nimbarajanyadi tablet – Contains neem and turmeric as main ingredients.
  2. Chavikasavam – Fermented Ayurvedic liquid, also used in urinary tract disorders.
  3. Mahalaxmi Vilas Ras – Also useful in the treatment of skin diseases, diabetes, Sinus, non healing wounds, etc.

Other medicines: Narada lakshmi vilas rasa, Anand bhairava rasa, tribhuvan kirti rasa, shringarabharaka rasa, Mayur shringa bhasma, Abhraka bhasma, Lavangadi pills, Sitopaladi choorna, Marichayadi yoga, vyoshadi pills, Khadiradi pills are suggested.

Diet management:

  1. Take – Light food, lukewarm water, Kapha nashaka foods like little spicy food, saindhav salt, legumes, soups etc.
  2. Avoid – heavy food, fermented food, congestive food, too hot or too cold food, soar food, non vegetarian food, sweets, banana, curd, yogurt, ice creams, deserts, cakes, yellow grams, etc.
  3. Avoid Alcohol and cold beverages.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Neem
Nutritional Value of Neem
Health Benefits of Neem
Neem contains antibacterial properties
May work as a contraceptive in some cases
Cures asthma
Helps to treat ulcers
Control diabetes
Maintains Oral hygiene and health
Helps to cure leprosy
Increases blood circulation
Soothes malaria symptoms
Uses of Neem
Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem
Cultivation of Neem