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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

Sir from last two to three days I am unrest due to the itching skin issue. I can't get sleep. Itching will majorly Start in evening. Majorly itching areas are neck, brachium, femur, (thighs), umbilicals Kindly guide me.

MD(Am)
General Physician, Secunderabad
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My hairs remain dry and weak. Dandruff is there. What should I do to keep them shining and strong.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
HI lybrate-user, pollution and rough water can damage our hair. You must have used all chemical products for your hair, let me suggest you some herbal treatments. 1.Massage the scalp with ayurveda herbal hair oil. Select the hair oil which has herbs like bramhi, amla, neem, bhringaraja etc. Scalp massage increases blood supply to scalp skin and increases supply of nutrients to hair follicles. According to texts of ayurveda, massaging scalp with herbal oil normalizes vata and reduces hair loss, drying of hair and increases hair growth. The herbs in hair oil boost the scalp skin health. Scalp massage with herbal oil, prevents drying of scalp and dandruff formation. 2.Use an herbal shampoo to wash off excess oil from scalp. 3.Do not scratch or brush the scalp too hard. Brush hair gently before washing scalp and hair. Keep the scalp clean by washing it thrice in a week. 4.Avoid long showers in hot water. Hot water dries up the scalp. 5.Let your hair dry naturally. Keep blow driers at bay. 6.Wear a hat in summer to protect it from the heat of sun. 7.Soak 2-3 tea spoons of fenugreek seeds in water. Leave it overnight. Grind these soaked seeds in water to make a smooth paste. Leave this paste for 30 minutes to thicken. Add little water to make it thin and apply this on scalp and hair. This acts as an excellent conditioner. Rinse the hair after 30 minutes. 8.Pluck some hibiscus leaves and flowers. Grind them into a thin paste adding water. Apply this green magic formula to scalp and hair. Wash the scalp and hair after 40 minutes. This helps to increase the scalp health and prevents dry scalp. 9.Chose some juicy aloevera leaves and collect the sap. Massage this sap on scalp and hair. Wash it off after 20 minutes. The juice of aloevera acts as a best moisturizer. Hope these help. Good Luck.
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I am 21 years old. My skin type is oily.I have got pimple problem since last 1 yr. Tried many things but nothing is effective. Recently since 5 months I am using skinelle cream along with himalaya neem facewash as prescribed b a local doctor. But its not at all effective.In fact pimples hv got messier and bigger. Really lost all hopes of getting my old. Clean skin again. Say any home remedies to get rid of it. By the way among lemon honey mix and camphor coconut oil mix which 1 will b more affective for pimple. please help me.

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Treatment for Acne/Pimples:- Faceclin Gel / D’ACNE Plus gel for application twice daily over affected area. For Marks (spots) - DUCRAY Photoscreen Depigment Cream / Demelan cream for application once in a week at night (very little over marks only) For face wash: Rejuglow Facewash/ Episoft OC Cleanser/ Saslic DS Wash. Tab. Limcee 500 mg once daily for one month. Tab. Ascazin twice daily for one month. Combination peels can be performed by a dermatologist in order to improve pimples, marks and scars. Blood test: Serum Insulin Fasting (F) & Postprandial (PP)

I took 3 sessions of co2 laser for acne scars on face. But the results are very disappointing. My skin got glowing and bit fair for few days after the Treatment but now it has returned to its previous condition. Same scars with null results. Should I go for more Sessions? Or should I live with these scars now? Please help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
This kind of therapy is still under it's trial session, it has not been approved treatment, if you take my advise I will advise you to go for proper homoeopathic treatment to cure your problem, apply rose water with Chandan paste, apply multani mitti with neem paste, apply banana with milk, apply honey with milk, wash your face with warm water atlst once, with this you need homoeopathic treatment to cure your problem permanently, soo you can contact me through Lybrate soo that I can advise you more natural things which will be better for your skin without any complications and that will be slowly but permanent, soo you decide what you want.

Sir/mam, please Suggest me a good fairness facewash and face cream for good and glowing skin.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Please Alone creams etc won't work permanently Do some relaxing exercise daily Do facial exercises daily Take salads and fruits more Use neem face wash regularly Apply skin light cream by Himalaya regularly.

Popular Health Tips

Dandruff - 5 At Home Remedies That Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Surat
Dandruff - 5 At Home Remedies That Can Help!

Dandruff is a condition where flakes of dead skin appear on the scalp, accompanied with itching. There are different types of dandruff you can suffer from. It be can yellow and sticky or white and flaky. It is a very common condition, which is often the result of exposure to styling products, chronic constipation, stress, fatigue or pollution. A chemical treatment can surely cure the condition but it can also harm your hair as well as have its fair share of side effects.

Here are a few ayurvedic treatments which you could try to treat dandruff:

1. Coconut oil and camphor: Mix a small portion of camphor with some coconut. Store it in a container and apply it to your scalp every night. The camphor will help cool your scalp, which will help reduce the dandruff.

2. Coconut and lemon: Lemon is a particular ingredient, which is used for many hair care remedies. Warm up the coconut oil, mix some lemon juice in it and apply it on your scalp. Leave it on for at least half an hour and then wash your hair with shampoo. Perform this remedy at least for two to three weeks.

3. Curd and gram flour: Take a small bowl of curd and mix two to three teaspoons of gram flour. Add half a spoon of lemon juice in the mixture before applying it on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. Curd and gram flour are considered to be the best cleansers to clean the scalp and one of the best remedies for dandruff.

4. Lemon and neem leaves: Take a few neem leaves and make a paste. Add only half of a lemon to the paste and apply the mixture to your scalp. Leave it on for half an hour before washing your hair with shampoo. Follow this for at least two to three weeks.

5. Hot oil massage: A hot oil massage not only gives you relaxation, but also helps a lot with dandruff. Heat up a small amount of oil and massage your scalp with it. The hot oil seeps deeper into the roots of hair.
These remedies not only clear your scalp of the dandruff, but they also make your hair soft, smooth and healthy. So go and try them out.

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

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Hair Fall & Premature Gray Hair - Ayurvedic Tips That Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD(Ayurveda)
Ayurveda, Guwahati
Hair Fall & Premature Gray Hair - Ayurvedic Tips That Can Help!

Are you looking for a natural and effective treatment for hair fall and premature graying of your hair? You should consider Ayurveda for dealing with these conditions without the fear of harmful side effects on your body. Hair fall refers to the condition in which excessive hair loss is experienced from your scalp. According to Ayurveda, these conditions are said to arise from ‘pitta dosha’ imbalances. The continuous disturbance of pitta can lead to hair loss and graying of hair. Consuming substances that enhance your pitta dosha results in premature gray hair. There are various Ayurvedic remedies for dealing with these conditions. The most important ones are as follows:

Panchakarma therapy

  • Panchakarma therapies such as Nasya, Virechana, and Shirodhara are effective for dealing with gray hair.
  • Virechana helps in balancing your vitiated pitta diosha.
  • Shirodhara using certain medicated oils also helps in reducing hair fall and hair graying.
  • You should use neem, shadbindu, and yashtimadhu oil for Nasya.
  • Regular hair massage using til oil that is made of amla and neem is essential for hair loss prevention.
  • You may apply ghee at the bottom of your feet with a bronze vessel before going to sleep. This is useful in converting your gray hair to black.

Diet

  • You have to avoid oily, spicy, and heavy food, along with coffee and tea.
  • Keep away from refined foods, junk food, carbonated drinks, alcohol.
  • Increase your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables.
  • You should prepare and drink a vegetable juice from lettuce, capsicum, alfalfa, and carrot.

Massage

  • Massaging your scalp is ideal for maintaining healthy hair, and preventing hair fall.
  • While massaging, the thumbs should be placed at the back of your ears, and the scalp should be rotated under your fingertips. Your scalp has to be moved along with your fingers.
  • After this, you should apply pressure against your scalp with your palms.
  • This is important for proper blood circulation, and the blood supply to your hair roots gets increased.

Yoga

  • It is considered that the nerve endings present under your fingernails are connected to the roots of your hair.
  • Rubbing your nails against each other helps in improving the blood circulation on your scalp.
  • The Prasanna mudra involves keeping hand near on your chest and rubbing your nails of eight fingers against one another for about 10 minutes. This should be undertaken regularly for 30 days. This helps in slowing down hair fall, reduces gray hair, and split ends.

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

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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

MS Ayurved, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Junagadh
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Hair fall has a direct impact on the way you feel about yourself, your self esteem and confidence. It is also true that it is a very common problem and can be controlled and stopped completely through proper treatment. Ayurvedic treatment for hair fall has long term effects and it brings out the best results since the issues get rectified from the inside, preventing them from coming back.
 
Ayurveda and Hair Loss

According to Ayurveda, hair fall is associated with body type that varies from person to person and also the stability of mind-body structure. Hair is considered a byproduct of bone formation, as stated by Ayurveda. The tissues which are responsible for the development of bones are also responsible for hair growth. Diet, yoga, meditation and medicated herbal oil massage are the Ayurvedic treatments generally recommended for hair loss.

Here are some ways through which Ayurveda addresses the problem of hair fall:

1. Dietary modifications 

It is important to identify the lifestyle habits that cause hair fall problems. Consumption of alcohol, meat, coffee, tea and smoking are some of these habits. Hair fall can also be aggravated due to intake of too much greasy, spicy, oily, sour, fried and acidic foods.
 
Here are some ways suggested by Ayurveda to beat hair fall: 

  1. Hair growth can be stimulated by drinking fresh juices of Pomegranate, carrot, spinach and Kokam.
  2. Sesame seeds promote hair growth as they are rich in magnesium and calcium.
  3. Cow's Ghee is a trusted remedy to resolve all scalp-related problems.
  4. Green vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber and hence help in preventing hair fall.
  5. To make the roots of hair strong, foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, sulphur and zinc must be consumed, which are found in whole grains, soybeans, buttermilk, nuts and milk.
  6. Yoga and meditation: Inverted asanas help in stimulating the blood flow to the head. Additionally, practicing deep breathing exercises to control anxiety, stress and keep the mind balanced is also advisable.
  7. Ayurvedic herbs and medicated oil: Bhringaraaja, Brahmi, Amla, Neem, Ritha and Ashwagandha are some ayurvedic herbs rich in essential nutrients that help in reducing stress and promoting hair growth. Different types of oils including coconut oil, brahmi oil, amla oil or mustard oil are useful to control hair fall.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
  2. Ayurvedic oil and shampoo: An effective remedy is oil made by boiling a cup of neem (margosa) leaves in 4 cups of water. The mixture is then strained and stored. If applied at night and rinsed off in the morning, hair loss can be prevented and your hair gets healthier. An Ayurvedic shampoo can be made at home by preparing a mixture of methi (fenugreek), green bean (mung dal), soapberries, lemon juice and curry leaves which need to grinded well together before applying on the scalp.
  3. Ayurvedic diet plan: Ayurveda believes that a well-balanced diet is the preventive measure to most ailments, including hair loss. Consuming vegetables with high protein and iron content like cauliflower, kale, pumpkin leaves, spinach, salsify, lentils, beet greens, string beans, dandelion greens, raisins, soybeans etc. proves to be helpful in this regard. This diet can also help to combat systemic diseases like alopecia which may causes loss of hair and sizeable bald spots.
  4. Ayurvedic medicines: Four ayurvedic medicines are used extensively for the purpose of combatting hair loss. These are Thikthakam Kashayam, Thikthakam Grisham (regulates metabolism), Chyavana Prasam and Narasimha Rasayanam, which improves the strength and quality of hair).
  5. Combating other problems that cause hair loss: Using herbs like Brahmi (to manage stress), Shilajita and Jatamansi (for thyroid imbalance), cardamom (for chronic problems) and ashwagandha (for immune system disorders) can indirectly help when hair loss is a symptom or side effect of another disease. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Acne - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Dehradun
Acne - Ayurvedic Remedies For It!

Yauvan pidika or acne vulgaris is an inflammatory skin disorder which is prevalent in both males and females. When the sebaceous glands present on skin produce excessive sebum, the hair follicles present on skin get clogged leading to the formation of acne. According to ayurveda, kapha, pitta & rakta and meda or fat dhathu are responsible for producing acne.

Ayurvedic treatment aims to eliminate the problem from its root. Herbs like Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) and Kushta (Saussurea lappa) are known for their properties to reduce acne. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and Chandana (Santalum album) are also effective in treating acne. The application of Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans) and Khas-Khas (Vetiveria zizanioides) is believed to provide satisfactory results. Neem (Azadirachta indica), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) are known for their blood purifying properties, which can lessen the occurrence of acne and pimple in the long run.

The following are some of the ayurvedic remedies for treating acne:

  1. To reduce the growth of pimple, rub powder of jamun (Syzygium cumini) seed and apply it on the pimple.
  2. The peel of orange has medicinal properties that can be used effectively in the treatment of pimple. Make a paste of orange peel powder and rose water; apply it on your face on a regular basis. It is an effective remedy that cures acne and improves the skin tone.
  3. To achieve an immediate result, apply a paste of lodhra (symplocos crateigodies), vach (acorus calamus) and dhania (coriander). Improvement will be noticed within 7 days.
  4. A paste of red chandan (red sandalwood) and jaiphal (nutmeg) are also effective in reducing the appearance of acne and pimples.
  5. Apply a paste of masoor dal (red lentils) with milk, ghee and camphor on your face. It reduces the appearance of acne and clears the scars which are left behind.
  6. Prepare a paste of lemon, kalaunji (seeds of fennel flower) and milk. Apply it on your face on a regular basis before going to bed. Wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning. This remedy ensures speedy disappearance of acne.
  7. Make a mixture of nimbu (lemon), extracts of tulsi (basil) and black kasundi (coffee pods), dry it in sun and apply the mixture on face. It is a powerful remedy that is known to cure the problem of acne.

Besides these home remedies, a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle will also enable you to reduce the risk of recurrent acne. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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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