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Neem is a panacea along the lines of the Aloe Vera plant. Neem preparations have been found in clay pots dating back some 5000 years. It is said to have been used medicinally for over 60 maladies for centuries. Modern scientific studies have demonstrated the healing powers of neem.

Cancer and Neem
The neem tree has been used successfully for centuries to reduce tumors by herbalists throughout Southeast Asia. Researchers in India, Europe and Japanhave now found that polysaccharides and limonoids found in neem bark, leaves and seed oil reduced tumors and cancers (Fujiwara, 1982); (Chatterjee,
1961); (Hartwell, 1983) and showed effectiveness against lymphocytic leukemia (Pettit, 1983).

In several patents issued in Japan hot water neem bark extracts showed remarkable effectiveness against several types of
tumors. (Shimizu et al, 1985) Several types of extract were tested at different doses and compared to the effectiveness of a standard

Several of the extracts were equal to or better than the standard anti-cancer agent against solid tumors. When the tests were done using a more purified extract of neem bark, the results were even more impressive
against solid tumors. But the extracts tested were still very crude when compared to the extremely purified active compounds typically used in treating tumors. Further studies using truly pure active compounds are expected to produce results at least equal to the control.

Another researcher used an extract of neem leaves to prevent the adhesion of cancer cells to other cells in the body. (Udeinya, 1994) Without the ability to stick to other cells, cancers cannot spread through the body and are moreeasily destroyed by the body's own immune system or by other

In general, neem is known for its ability to effect cancers. Injections of neem extract around tumors showed remarkable reduction in size in just a fewweeks. Skin cancers may be particularly responsive to neem. A number of reports have been made by patients that skin cancers have disappeared afterseveral
months of daily application of a neem based cream.

From the All Institute of Medical Sciences.

June 9, 1999

Dear Readers,

I am an ayurvedic doctor working at A.I.I.M.S , New Delhi as a research fellow in breast cancer clinic. We are using neem very extensively in our wound clinic and have recently started its use in breast cancer clinic. I am very much impressed/convinced by the medicinal properties of neem in curing cancer (as studied in ayurvedic treatises like charakh samhita, sushruta samhita etc.).

I recommend my patients who are suffering from breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer to chew 8-10 neem leaves early in the morning with lukewarm water on an empty stomach. I have observed that their white blood cells count had increased considerably.

Neem being a depurative purifies the blood and being an astringent decreases the body heat. I wish to cure my patients exclusively with neem since taking chemotherapy causes lots of side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, alopecia and fever. It is very painful also and most important aspect is the cost factor which sometimes makes the patient think twice whether to go for it or not.

I am planning to suggest/convince my patients to adapt neem as a primary treatment and to continue with chemotherapy if he/she likes.

I would appreciate if their are any queries from any cancer patient and would be very happy to help.

With regards,

Dr. Preeti kachroo
(Ayurvedic Practioner)

Historically, neem preparations have been used for centuries in South East Asia to reduce tumors. Recent studies show that the it is the polysaccharides and limonoids found in neem bark, leaves and seed oil responsible for its antitumor activity.(1)

Another property of neem extract is to inhibit and prevent adhesion of cancer cells to our bodies. Without adhesion, they cannot root and grow and are more easily destroyed by the immune system or other cancer treatments.

Anecdotal evidence shows that injections around tumors show tumor reduction as well as patients reporting that skin cancers disappear after a few months of daily application of neem-based cream.

From: Alternative Cancer Therapies


[Fujiwara, T., Sugishita, E., Takeda, T., Ogihara, Y., Shimizu, M., Nomura, T. and Tomita, Y. (1984) Further studies on the structure of polysaccharides from the bark of the Melia azadirachta. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin 32: 1385-1391]

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