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Benefits of Neem And Its Side Effects

Neem Nutritional Value of Neem Health Benefits of Neem Uses of Neem Side-Effects & Allergies of Neem Cultivation of Neem
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.

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

Health Benefits of Neem
Mentioned below are the best 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

Now I am running on regular basis every morning for 1.5 or 2 km and walk 1+km and I do cut my amount of food intake during night to 3 roti and I am drinking the neem water by boiling the Neem leaves twice in a week in empty stomach. Now please suggest me if I am going wrong somewhere in the whole process. And please let me know the benefits of neem I drink :Thank you docs.

MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Regular walk and limiting calories in dinner is good, try taking more proteins in the daytime rather than night, take vegetables and soup in the night time. Neem is blood purifier, antiseptic,and it increases bowel movement too.
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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.

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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, th...
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