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Hippocratic Oath
A key advantage to using Neem is its compliance with the first tenant of the Hippocratic Oath taken by all physicians: "First, cause no harm." Over thousands of years, Neem has been used by hundreds of millions of people and no hazards have been documented for normal dosages.
Application of a neem-based cream or lotion will stop the itching and inflammation of rashes and neem tea may be taken internally for allergies to pollen, molds, etc.

We have compiled information about the benefits of Neem when used by a person with Acne...READ


In healthy people, the yeast Candida albicans normally exists on the surface of certain moist areas of the body, including the mouth, throat, and vagina. Sometimes, the fungus overgrows in localized areas, causing minor forms of candidiasis such as oral thrush and vaginal thrush. However, in people who have reduced immunity infection can spread throughout the body this may also occur in people who have had prolonged courses of antibiotics or use intravenous drugs.

Neem and Candida
Neem leaf tea will promote healing and reduce the pain and inflammation. Children under 12 should only gargle with the tea and not swallow. For the redness appearing on the skin around the mouth, a neem-based cream should be applied regularly until the infection has cleared.

Read more about Neem and Fungi on page 2

Neem and Yeast Infection
For infections of the skin, rubbing a neem-based cream on the affected areas several times per day, especially after washing or getting the area wet, will relieve the itching, heal the skin and get rid of the infection. For vaginal yeast infections, a neem-based cream can be applied with cotton swabs or douche with neem leaf extract. Drinking three cups of neem tea for several days will help rid the body of both external and internal infection....READ


Athletes foot
Athlete's Foot is one of the most common forms of fungal infections in the human environment. Athlete's Foot is generally contained to the area between the soles of the feet and the toes. This mild fungus is usually picked up in warm, public facilities, such as showers, swimming pools and gymnasiums.

Neem and Athletes foot
Neem has been found to be effective against athletes foot. Fungal infections of this type affect nine out of ten people in the United States at some time or another. Untreated, this fungus can attack the toenails and even cause secondary infections throughout the body. A corn starch powder combined with powdered neem leaves makes an excellent preventative while alcoholic neem leaf extract or a neem-based lotion can be used if an infection has already begun

Athlete's Foot is easily preventable. Keeping feet cool and dry, especially during warm summer months. Using powders or drying lotions is the easiest way to prevent Athlete's Foot. Those prone to excessive perspiration can purchase special socks which helps to wick wetness and keep feet dry....READ ABOUT FUNGAL INFECTIONS


Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus that can affect the scalp, skin, fingers, toe nails or foot. Affecting the smooth skin and scalp, these fungal infections are often accompanied by profound itching and redness of the affected skin. This fungus produces circular ring lesions up to six inches in diameter on the skin and can cause loss of hair in patches of the scalp.

Ringworm and Neem
Neem has historically been an effective treatment for fungal infections. Early studies verified scientifically that the fungus that causes ringworm is effectively controlled with neem extracts. In one trial, patients with long term and severe cases of ringworm were selected for study. They had used commercial ointments containing salicylic acid and benzoic acid for over three years yet had failed to stop the infection. They were each treated with alcoholic neem leaf extract in a carrier creme. Within just two to three days after using neem extract on the areas the patients were clear of the infection and remained so for the one year follow-up period. Washing with neem soap or shampoo and rubbing neem creme onto the affected areas clears this infection in several days.


Applying a cream containing neem oil topically has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation. A compound called sodium nimbinate found in neem leaves has been shown to provide significant relief to inflamed tissue. Other compounds such as nimbin, nimbinin and nimbidol are comparable to cortisone acetate in reducing inflammation.


Arthritis is a term covering many types of joint ailments. The ailments can be autoimmune disorders, infections, the result of wear on the joints or simply inflammation. Generally though it is the inflammation or the pain associated with it that is treated regardless of the origin. Neem can aid in treating arthritis in many ways. Neem's antibacterial properties can help kill infectious causes while its inflammation reducing properties and pain suppressing properties can alleviate the symptoms. Neem can also help create a balance in the immune system which directly affects progression of the disease.

Arthritis is one of the most common medical problems. There are more than 100 forms of it, and each has varying causes, symptoms and treatments.

Warning signs of arthritis include:
Swelling in one or more joints
Prolonged early morning stiffness
Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint
Inability to move joint normally
Redness and warmth in a joint
Unexplained fevers, weight loss or weakness with joint pain.

Any of these signs, when new, that lasts for more than two weeks requires prompt medical attention. Distinguishing arthritis from common aches and pain, along with determining the type of arthritis, is important for treatment.

Common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis. Caused by normal wear and tear on the joints, this chronic condition is usually not serious. However a joint may degenerate to the point where replacement surgery is needed.

Rheumatoid arthritis.
A type of inflammatory arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition caused by the body's immune system attacking joint-lining tissue.

Infectious arthritis. Infectious agents include bacteria, fungi and viruses. This type of arthritis can affect anyone. Usually, prompt diagnosis and treatment results in recovery.

Gout. Gout is most common in men older than 40 and is caused by formation of uric add crystals in a joint.

A number of studies indicate the usefulness of neem in treating arthritis.

The long history of using neem leaf, bark and seed extracts to relieve inflamed joints is borne out by the recent scientific investigations. Treatment for arthritis is traditionally a mild neem leaf tea coupled with rubbing a warmed neem-based cream on the stiff or painful areas as needed.


Neem is one of just a few known anti-viral agents. In a study on neem's effectiveness as an anti-viral agent, neem seemed to interact with the surface of cells to prevent infection by the virus thereby inhibiting multiplication of the virus. Similar results have been observed in studies of other viral pathogens indicating a unique property of neem to prevent viral disease.


Properties of Neem

In 1855, a researcher reported that Neem leaves were given "with great success" to European soldiers to fight cholera. In 1968, Jain found leaves effective for various skin diseases and boils, and in 1984, Pillai and Santhakumari noted antibacterial action. Recent studies have shown antibiotic efficacy against many bacterial strains, including Staphylococcus and Clostridia. Neem has even successfully healed ulcers associated with bacterial infections.


Chickenpox, sometimes called varicella, is a common viral infection that mostly affects young children. The infection, with its characteristic rash of blisters, is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which also causes herpes zoster. The virus is easily transmitted in airborne droplets from the coughs and sneezes of infected people or by direct contact with the blisters. You can catch chickenpox from someone who has either chickenpox or herpes zoster if you are not immune.

Neem and Chickenpox
Chickenpox is a viral disease that has been traditionally treated with a paste of neem leaves -- usually rubbed directly onto the affected skin

Is a form of dermatitis. Usually associated with imbalance in hormones, infections, or diets rich in fats and sweets, dandruff can only be controlled, not cured.

Neem and dandruff
To treat dandruff, apply a neem-based cream to the scalp shortly before bathing. Wash hair with shampoo with added Neem. I have also found benefit in applying Neem mixed with Sweet Almond oil to the scalp overnight and washing with a neem based shampoo in the morning. Watching one's intake of sugar might help reduce dandruff.

Itchy scalp
Itchy scalps can be caused by any number of things, ranging from allergies and dandruff to mites. Washing the scalp with a neem shampoo and applying a small amount of neem lotion to the scalp afterwards will relieve each of these problems


Head lice

Head lice are often spread among schoolchildren by contact clothing or hairbrushes. It is contagious among family members and so all should be treated at the same time. Bedclothes, hairbrushes, Hats and other garments should be steeped and washed.

Head Lice and Neem
Neem has hormone mimics that interfere with the life cycle of parasites, inhibit their ability to feed and prevent the eggs from hatching.

Shampoos incorporating neem followed by neem-based cream to the hair and scalp has proven to work in clearing the lice on both adults and children with no side effects....Read More


Neem acts to relieve the localized pain receptors, reduce inflammation and kill bacteria that can cause earaches. Heat one clove of garlic in one teaspoon of sesame oil. Let cool to just above body temperature. Add two drops op camphor oil and five drops of neem leaf extract or neem oil, then drip into each ear. Use a bit of cotton in each ear to remove excess and to prevent it from running out.
Neem cream applied topically to external hemorrhoids becomes a soothing and lubricating salve that also helps control bleeding and itching. It provides the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties desirable when treating hemorrhoids.

Herpes (Cold Sores, warts)

The highly contagious herpes simplex viruses cause a number of different disorders characterized by small, painful blisters on the skin and mucous membranes, most commonly on or around the lips or genital area. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection is transmitted by contact with a blister.

Neem and cold sores
Topical application of a neem-based cream to the affected area, is recommended.


Immune System
In studies that have been made, the general conclusion is that neem not only kills some infective organisms directly but also boosts the immune response on several levels. This increases the body's ability to fight bacterial, viral, and fungicidal infections itself.

This combination of effects is more effective in the long run because chemicals toxic enough to eliminate all microbes often also harm healthy body tissue and cause undesirable side-effects. An improved immune system can selectively wipe out the invading microbes without adversely affecting other cells.

When invaded by microbes (or anything else the body recognizes as foreign), the immune system releases antibodies that lock onto and neutralize the intruder.

Antibody production
Neem not only enhances antibody production but also seems to improve the cell-mediated immune response by which white blood cells are unleashed to kill the invaders. In this type of immune response, special scavenger cells in the blood called macrophages devour the microbes and present bits of them along with their own surface molecules. It is only after macrophages (or other antigen-presenting cells) present bits of the microbe as antigens that helper T cells recognize the antigens. These helper T cells then release chemical messengers called cytokines that galvanize other cells of the immune system into a counterattack. By enhancing the body's first line of defense, neem helps the immune system more quickly respond to infections that might otherwise gain a strong foothold that would then be more difficult to overcome.

polysaccharide compounds

Neem, especially neem bark, is recognized for its immunomodulatory polysaccharide compounds. These compounds appear to increase antibody production. Other compounds in neem enhance the immune system via a different mechanism; the cell-mediated immune response, the body's first form of defense. Only when this system appears to be unable to stop an infectious onslaught is the more massive immune system involved.

Cell mediated immune response
Neem oil acts as a nonspecific immunostimulant that activates the cell mediated immune response. This then creates an enhanced response to any future challenges by disease organisms. When neem oil was injected under the skin there was a significant increase in leukocyte cells and perioneal macrophages showed enhanced phagocytic activity and expression of MHC class II antigens. Production of gamma interferon was also induced by the injection. Spleen cells showed higher lymphocyte reaction to infection but did not augment anti-TT antibody response.

By enhancing the cellular immune response most pathogens can be eliminated before they cause the ill feeling associated with disease. This mechanism could also help in diseases that involve the immune system, like AIDS. Taking neem leaf or bark powder every other day or drinking a mild neem tea will enhance antibody production and the body's cell-mediated immune response, helping to prevent infections.

Lymphomatic counts
Water soluble neem leaf extracts, when taken orally, produced an increase in lymphomatic counts and both red and white blood cells as well as lymphocyte counts.

Birth control effects
In studies on the birth control effects of neem the major factor in that effect appears to be an increase in the immune response where neem has been applied that causes the body to reject the fetus as a foreign body.


Neem and Pain
Inhibition of prostaglandin synthetase by limonoids (and/or polysaccharides) reduces perceived pain.

Inhibitor of prostaglandin synthetase
Neem leaf and bark extracts have been shown to be a more potent inhibitor of prostaglandin synthetase than acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) and pethidine hydrochloride. In some cases neem was effective at reducing pain for a significantly longer period than standard agents. Neem also reduces the activity of the central nervous system, which also reduces perceived pain. According to a study led by N. Khanna, neem produces an analgesic effect upon the central and peripheral neural pathways. He also feels that both opioid and non-opioid receptors can be affected by neem.


Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that generally appears as patches of raised red skin covered by a flaky white buildup. Although the exact cause is unknown, psoriasis is believed to be related to faulty signals sent by the body's immune system. These signals accelerate the growth cycle in skin cells, which pile up on the surface when the body can't shed them fast enough. Click here for an animated image that illustrates the cycle of skin growth in normal skin and skin with psoriasis.

Psoriasis is not contagious—no one can "catch" it from another person. It has a genetic component that makes certain people more likely to develop it, but often an external or environmental "trigger" is necessary to make psoriasis appear. These triggers may include emotional stress, injury to the skin, some types of infection and reaction to certain drugs.

The most common form of psoriasis is called "plaque psoriasis"—about 80 percent of people with psoriasis have this type. Plaque psoriasis can appear on any skin surface, although the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk and nails are the most common locations. There are several other types of psoriasis, and between 10 percent and 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop a related form of arthritis, called psoriatic arthritis.

Neem and Psoriasis
Neem has an almost magical effect on chronic skin conditions that fail to respond to conventional treatments. Acne, psoriasis, eczema, and ringworm are conditions that are effectively treated by a Neem preparation....MORE


Neem and Scabies
Scrub with Neem Soap and Neem Shampoo. Dry, then liberally apply Neem Lotion over entire body (not just where scabies are evident). 2 or 3 Neem leaf capsules daily for 2 weeks to boost immune system can be taken by adults. This attacks the scabies internally and increases the blood circulation. Take 1 to 2 capsules a day for about 4 weeks after the scabies has gone....READ

Scabies is a contagious disorder of the skin caused by very small, insects or mites called the Human Itch mite or Scabies itch mite. The female insect burrows into the skin where she lays 1 - 3 eggs daily. A very small, hard to see, zigzag blister usually marks the trail of the insect. Other more obvious symptoms are an intense itching (especially at night) and a red rash that can occur at the area that has been scratched.

The most common locations for scabies are on the sides of fingers, between the fingers, on the backs of the hands, on the wrists, heels, elbows, armpits, inner thighs and around the waist (belt line).

If untreated, the female will continue to lay eggs for about five weeks. The eggs hatch and the new mites begin the cycle all over again. The mites themselves are too small to be seen without magnification. One of the great problems with scabies always has been misdiagnosis.

Scabies is spread by personal contact, e.g., by shaking hands or sleeping together or by close contact with infected articles such as clothing, bedding or towels. It is usually found where people are crowded together or have frequent contact, and is most common among school children, families, roommates, and sexual partners. Scabies can be spread by the insect itself or by the egg. Prompt action is required to rid a person of the insects and eggs.



Neem and Shingles
Topical applications of a neem-based cream should be applied to the affected area at least three times a day or as often as needed

Herpes zoster, often known as shingles, is characterized by a painful crop of blisters that erupts along the path of a nerve. The rash commonly occurs on only one side of the body and usually affects the skin on the chest, abdomen, or face. In older people, discomfort may continue for months after the rash has disappeared. This prolonged pain is called postherpetic neuralgia


Insect Repellent

Neem is an excellent insect repellent. Its extracts have been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency for use on food crops. It is nontoxic to birds, animals, beneficial insects or man and protects crops from over 200 of the most costly pests.

Some of the Insects
affected by Neem Products:

American Cockroach: Reduces fecundity and molts, reduces number of fertile eggs.

Flea: Retards growth, repels, inhibits feeding, disrupts growth, eggs fail to hatch.

Flea beetle: Inhibits feeding.

Fire ant: Inhibits feeding, disrupts growth.

Green leafhopper: Inhibits feeding.

Head Lice: Kills, very sensitive to neem oil - traditional use in Asia.

Housefly: Inhibits feeding, disrupts molting, repels.

House cricket: Disrupts molting.

House mosquito: Toxic to larvae.


Neem and Encephalitis
One of the most impressive accomplishments of Neem against parasites is its effectiveness against encephalitis. In a paper delivered to the American Chemical Society at its annual meeting in March 1993 R.O. Larson describes how an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in India was eradicated. This was accomplished by giving children two doses of crushed Neem leaves daily


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