Inspite of a phenomenal rise in the pharmaceutical industry and dominance of synthetic drugs in western markets, nearly 70 per cent of the world’s population still depends on the use of medicinal plants for relief from illness. About 10, 000 plant species of higher plants have been used for medicinal purposes. Today, interest has revived in plants as likely sources of bulk raw material for new commercial drugs. Modern analytical tools have not only revealed the enormous variety and complexity of bioactive principals of medicinal plants but also confirmed their potential for use as medicines or as models for synthetic drugs.
Neem tree has quite a few curative properties and it has been widely used in traditional system of medicine for centuries now. Each part of neem is used in medicines. After numerous researches by leading organization and company’s neem, has been found to be safest medicinal herbs effective against a number of diseases. The FDA's Office of Special Nutritionals maintains an extensive database of adverse effects from herbal medications. This database does not include any references to Neem that would indicate potential problems.
Following are the properties found in the different compounds found in the neem which make it as one of the best herbal medicine.
Neem seed oil has been very effectively used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine to assist in the healing of topical skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, acne, dry skin problems, burns and abrasions. It is also rich in fatty acids and glycerides, and together with its healing properties, provides an excellent natural moisturizing base for skin care formulations. Neem seed oil and leaf extracts may be the wonder cure for psoriasis. It relieves the itching and pain while reducing the scale and redness of the patchy lesions. Neem oil is an excellent skin moisturizer while DEET is not recommended for repeated application to the skin, around the face or on the hands of small children. Neem quickly kills external parasites and a neem decoction is safer than and just as effective as standard treatments for head lice and scabies. Soap/Shampoo - Neem oil soaps can be used to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments. Neem oil can be added to regular shampoo for controlling itchy scalp and dandruff.
For pets, neem oil can be added to pet shampoo to kill ticks and fleas or the area where the pets usually use can be treated with neem oil spray. This completely safer than the commercial products and other treatement like malathion which happens to be toxic to the pet when atleast some quantity is absorbed by the skin or when the pet tries to lick the chemical.
Neem against diabetes : Oral doses of neem leaf extracts reduced insulin requirements by between 30% and 50% for nonkeytonic, insulin fast and insulin-sensitive diabetes.
Neem against cancers : Polysaccharides and limonoids found in neem bark, leaves and seed oil reduced tumors and cancers without side effects.
Neem against heart diseases : Neem delays the coagulation of blood, calms erratic heartbeats and helps reduce elevated heart rates and high blood pressure.
Neem materials mixed in known proportions with some other herbal medicines and administered internally are considered in Ayurvedic system even more efficacious in treatment of obstinate disorders. Neem extracts give significant protection from discomfort and speed the healing of gastric problems and duodenal lesions