medicinal plants

Topics: Ayurveda, Neem, Medicinal plants Pages: 4 (1206 words) Published: April 6, 2014
NEEM origin:

Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem,[2] Nimtree,[2] and Indian Lilac[2] is a tree in the mahogany family Meliaceae. It is one of two species in the genus Azadirachta, and is native to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh growing in tropical and semi-tropical regions. Neem tree is the official tree of the Sindh Province and is very common in all cities of Sindh, there are projects underway for planting this tree in all over Sindh Province. Neem trees also grow in islands in the southern part of Iran. Its fruits and seeds are the source of neem oil. The neem tree is noted for its drought resistance. Normally it thrives in areas with sub-arid to sub-humid conditions, with an annual rainfall 400–1,200 millimetres (16–47 in). It can grow in regions with an annual rainfall below 400 mm, but in such cases it depends largely on ground water levels. Neem can grow in many different types of soil, but it thrives best on well drained deep and sandy soils. It is a typical tropical to subtropical tree and exists at annual mean temperatures between 21–32 °C (70–90 °F).


Products made from neem trees have been used in India for over two millennia for their medicinal properties.[4] Neem products are believed by Ayurvedic practitioners to be anthelmintic, antifungal, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antiviral, contraceptive and sedative.[6] It is considered a major component in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine and is particularly prescribed for skin diseases.[7] Neem oil is also used for healthy hair, to improve liver function, detoxify the blood, and balance blood sugar levels.[8] Neem leaves have been also been used to treat skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, etc.[4] However, insufficient research has been done to assess the purported benefits of neem.[9] In adults, short-term use of neem is safe, while long-term use may harm the kidneys or liver; in small children, neem oil is toxic and can lead to death.[9] Neem may also cause...
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