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Neem is considered to be of divine origin according to Indian mythology. After Samudra Mantthan when amrita (ambrosia or the elixir of immortality) was being carried to heaven by Devas few drops of it fell on the Neem tree which attributes to its amazing medicinal properties. That’s why it is also known as ‘Kalpavruksha’.

Neem stands true to its Sanskrit name Aristha. The Aristha, means ‘reliever of sicknesses’. In Vedas Neem is mentioned as ‘Sarva Roga Nivarini, which means ‘one that cures all ailments and ills‘. In Africa it is known as ‘Mahorbany’, because it can cure forty major and minor diseases.

The use of natural products, in particular plant based products in order to improve health and the quality of life is an integral part of mankind’s history. References are found in the earliest recordings essentially from all cultures. Hence, plant-based natural products have played a key role in the development of medicinal chemistry. The birth of the pharmaceutical industry in the late 15th century and its tremendous growth especially since the mid twentieth century spurred the search for the plants possessing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, cytotoxic, fungicidal, insecticidal or pesticidal properties.

External medicinal uses of Neem is for the treatment of dermatological disorders like psoriasis, herpes, eczema, purities, and acne vulgaris, inflammatory condition, infected wounds, abscesses and ulcer, ophthalmic care, ear infection and sinusitis, alopecia and hair care, snake bite and scorpion sting, rheumatic pain, gout, etc. Internally Neem is used for dental hygiene, for treating malaria and filaria, typhoid, digestive disorders, liver disorders, intestinal worms, hepatitis, spleenomeglay, respiratory disorders, tuberculosis, urinary disorders, gynecological problems, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, leprosy, leucoderma, allergies, etc., infectious diseases such as smallpox, chicken pox, and measles, vaginal disorders, sexually transmitted infection, and AIDS.

Information taken from: http://www.neemfoundation.org/about-neem/neem-and-health/

THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING MEDICAL ADVICE All information, content, and material of this website is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. MEDICAL EMERGENCY If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Neem is a very powerful substance. It has been widely used in India for several thousand years, without any side effects. Also, in traditional Ayurvedic medicine neem is often prescribed together with other herbs that neutralize neem's toxicity such as turmeric. Neem is as a powerful contraceptive. Pregnant women or women who wish to conceive should be very careful and seek medical advice before using neem in great quantities. Neem has achieved high status in the US. It is often associated with claims that may prove to be false. Seek medical advice if you have a medical condition. Children and Neem While neem supplements have very little evidence of extreme side effects documented, the University of Michigan Health System does suggest that neem oils should be kept away from children. According to the website, there is a documented report that suggests a few infants developed Reyes-Syndrome symptoms shortly after consuming neem oil in supplement form. These infants ingested more than 5ml of the oil, which eventually lead to the death of the patients. As of 2010, however, no deaths in the adult population have been reported. Furthermore, the University website states that until more information is gathered on neem as a supplement, pregnant women should also stay away from the herb due to health risks to the fetus. Stomach Effects Ironically, while most supplement users take neem supplements for the treatment of stomach disorders, the University of Michigan Health System also states that some stomach symptoms may worsen in some users. In a few reported cases, patients who consumed neem oils were found to have an increased risk of diarrhea and stomach discomfort. As a result of these risks, the University recommends that patients stay within a dosage range of 10 to 20ml in order to limit the onset of adverse effects. Other Risks While more research needs to be conducted in order to determine the consistency in onset of documented side effects to neem,http://health-care-tips.org/herbal-medicines/neem.htm does offer helpful suggestions in monitoring your intake of neem. According to the website, persons suffering from medical conditions that result in fatigue or physical "wasting" should not consume neem due to the risk of stomach complications. In addition, the website also recommends that patients with liver or kidney disease also steer clear of the supplement. As of 2010, no documented cases of drug interaction exist regarding neem and other medications.

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