information in this website should not be construed as medical
advice or making medical claims. We simply report the experiences
of others with Neem, and let you decide if it is for you. The
products we sell are meant to support healing, not to replace
Neem is generally considered an extremely safe product, even after
centuries of daily ingestion in India, where it is used as a toothbrush
and placed with food to protect against insects, no danger has
Children in India and Africa eat Neem fruit with great enjoyment
during its fruiting season. Rats treated with Neem oil in laboratory
studies actually gained weight instead of showing ill effect.
A German study using oil from clean Neem seed showed no toxicity
at dosed in excess of 5000mg per kg (Neem, 1992).
Neem should not be taken by anyone (male or female) who is pregnant
or trying to conceive. It also contains compounds similar to those
in aspirin and should not be used to treat children with fevers.
And while people in some countries use neem oil internally, we
definitely do not recommended taking neem oil.
Within those limitations, neem is generally considered to be one
of the safest medicinal herbs available. The FDA's Office of Special
Nutritionals maintains an extensive database of adverse affects
from herbal medications which does not include any references
to neem that would indicate potential problems. Even the Extension
Toxicology Network documentation for using neem as a pesticide
shows that it is "relatively non-toxic" and caused no
significant problems even at the extraordinary high dosages fed
to laboratory rats as part of the approval process required by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Small amounts are as
effective as larger doses.
by Ellen Morten
The Ultimate Herb
by John Conrick