For thousands of years NEEM tree has been showing its positive characteristics in treating many diseases in Indian traditional medicine. Every part of NEEM tree has healing effect. Dr. Bisvas and his associates have recently looked through biological activities of some NEEM compounds as well as some pharmacological effects of the NEEM tree extract and they have conducted some clinical studies about effects of healing ingredients of NEEM tree together with safety checks. NEEM is extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani and homeopathic medicine. The meaning of the word NEEM, literally translated, is “freeing from disease”. Importance of treating with NEEM plant is also recognized and accepted by American National Academy of Science whose report, published in 1992 under the name of “NEEM-tree for solving global issues”.
It is isolated more than 135 compounds of NEEM plant and every one of them is associated with different effects on human organism, and they are also structurally very different. These compounds are divided in two groups: isoprenoids and non-isoprenoids.
Medical use of NEEM plant
For medical purposes different parts of NEEM tree are used and they have been used for many years in Indian traditional medicine. NEEM leaf extract is therapeutically used as folk medicine and cure for leprosy, red helminthiasis, respiratory disorders, constipation and for general improvement of health. It is also used for treating rheumatism and ulcers. NEEM oil is used for various skin infections. Bark, leafs, flowers and fruits are used for blood purification, biliary diseases and skin ulcers.
Liquid extracts of neem bark and leaves have immunostimulant activity. Neem oil activates the immune mechanisms of cells.
Hypoglycemic effect of NEEM extract
Neem leaf extract significantly reduces blood sugar levels and adrenaline, as well as glucose and hyperglycemia. Recently, hyperglycemic effect in the leaf extract was noticed in the tests conducted on rabbits with diabetes.
Vaginal use of neem oil can prevent pregnancy and can also cause a natural abortion.
This composition can be used as a natural mean of contraception.
This plant successfully destroys malaria parasites.
Antifungal effect of NEEM plant
Antifungal activity of NEEM leaf extract is noticed on the following fungus Trichophyton, Epidermophyton, Microspora Trichosporon, Geotricum and Candida.
Antibacterial effect of leaf and seed extract
This plant has a broad range of antibacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative microorganisms, including M. tuberculosis strains resistant on streptomicin. Inhibira Vibrio cholerae Klebsiella pneumonia, M. tuberculosis and M. pyogenes. Antibacterial effects of neem plant are also noticed on the Streptococcus mutans and S. faecalis.
Neem plant extract affects the smallpox virus.
Neem plant reduces the effective spreading and handling of cancer tumors in healthy cells.
Plant extract has significant antioxidant activity in human organism.
Effects on central nervous system
Neem plant extract has antidepressant effect.
Medical use of NEEM plant
Neem plant extract successfully treats eczema and scabies. Lotion from the plant neem leaf can cure many dermatological diseases within 3-4 days in the acute phase or two weeks in chronic cases. The paste prepared from neem leaves and turmeric plant has effectively cured a large number people infected with scabies. Leaf extract is prescribed for oral use in the treatment of patients suffering from malaria. A recent clinical examination was conducted in order to investigate the efficiency on the people infected with malaria. Level of lipids, cholesterol in particular, is reduced during the treatment. Reports are also available in many cases of patients suffering from various forms of cancer. Patients with epidomoid carcinoma showed very good results during treatment with this extract. Also with many volunteers who tested it as a contraceptive, neem extract has prevented pregnancy without any negative impacts on the vagina or cervix. It has been shown that the use of this product is fully secure.
In many scientific researches, justified curative effect of neem plant has been proven in the treatment of many diseases. It is necessary to make a greater scope of research aimed at determining the impact of some selective compounds on specific types of disease. The plant neem showed a stunning wide range of positive impacts on various types of diseases.