13 October 2022

Benefits and harms of Neem

 Benefits and harms of Neem

In childhood, when there was prickly heat or any problem related to the skin in the summer season, then neem must have been used before using any skin product. Because neem is a tree that helps in getting rid of many common to serious diseases. Even in the villages, you must have seen that Neem tree is given special importance, because it is not a common tree but a tree from which every part can be used to make medicine. We all know about the benefits of neem for centuries. Neem has been given great importance in Ayurveda, especially for its skin related uses. Today through this article we will talk about some special benefits and harms of Neem.

Potential health benefits of neem

Apart from Ayurveda, much scientific research is going on about neem, in which it is being seen that what and how we can get benefits from neem. For those who have more faith in Ayurveda, neem is not a new thing. So let's know about some special benefits of neem:

Promotes hair health Promotes hair health

Neem seed extract contains azadirachtin, an active compound that can fight parasites that affect hair and skin, such as lice. Azadirachtin works by inhibiting parasite growth and interfering with reproduction and other cellular processes, thereby getting rid of head lice and other parasites.

In India, neem oil is used extensively to get rid of head lice or any other parasite, and for children, a home remedy for washing the head with neem water is adopted. Neem extract and nimbidin , a compound found in neem oil, can also treat dandruff due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Dandruff and scalp irritation can be caused by fungal buildup on the scalp.

Dental plaque

Early research suggests that applying neem leaf extract to the teeth and gums twice daily for 6 weeks might reduce plaque formation. It can also reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth that can cause plaque. However, using a mouth rinse containing neem extract for 2 weeks does not seem to reduce plaque or gingivitis. You can know from your elders about the benefits of neem for teeth. It is common practice in India even today to taunt with a twig of neem. A mild form of gum disease (gingivitis). Applying a gel containing the juice of neem leaves to the teeth or using a neem mouthwash can reduce gingivitis in some people. But it is not clear whether neem is as helpful as using chlorhexidine mouthwash or gel.

May aid liver and kidney health

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of neem can help fight oxidative stress, which in turn can promote liver and kidney health. Oxidative stress is caused by a buildup of unstable molecules called free radicals. Although your body naturally produces free radicals as a byproduct of metabolism, external sources increase their presence. Certain medications, including cancer medication, pain relievers, and antipsychotics, can contribute to oxidative stress, which can lead to tissue damage in your liver and kidneys.

Interestingly, a study on rats found that neem leaf extract reduced liver damage induced by high-dose acetaminophen. Another rat study showed similar effects, suggesting that neem extract improved kidney tissue damage caused by a chemotherapy drug. However, studies in humans are needed.

Improves skin health Improve skin health

Neem seed oil is rich in fatty acids, including oleic, stearic, palmitic and linoleic acids. Collectively, these fatty acids have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that promote healthy skin. The existing nutrients in neem help a lot in purifying the blood, which helps in getting rid of skin related problems very fast. Drinking neem water provides quick relief from the oil coming on the skin, but this water should be used sparingly as its effect is hot. Keep in mind that although Ayurvedic medicine uses neem to treat psoriasis and eczema, very few scientific studies support these claims. in name


Historically, neem has been used to treat acne, reduce blemishes and improve skin elasticity. Indeed, studies show that the antibacterial properties of neem oil fight acne. A test-tube study has shown that neem oil may aid in long-term acne treatment when added to solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) , a new type of drug formulation that provides a steady release of active ingredients .

Help wounds heal faster

Many times a wound caused by an injury heals very late, due to which the person has to face many problems. In such a situation, the wound can be filled quickly with the help of neem. According to Ayurveda, some of the following remedies help a lot in wound healing:-

Always wash the bleeding wound thoroughly with a decoction of neem leaves. After this, fill the ash of neem bark in it. The wound heals completely in 7-8 days.

Cook 10 grams neem kernels and 20 grams beeswax in 100 grams of oil. When both are mixed well, take it off the fire and mix 10 grams of resin powder and shake it well. This ointment is beneficial for fire burns and other wounds.

Applying neem oil on the place burnt by fire gives quick benefits. It also calms the burning sensation.

Use these remedies only under the supervision of an expert.

Rapid improvement in fever

According to some Ayurvedic studies, if you are struggling with fever, then you can easily get rid of fever with the help of the following measures:-

First of all, mix 20-20 grams of neem, basil and hurhur leaves and giloy and six grams of black pepper. Make a fine powder by mixing it with water and make a tablet of 2.5 grams. Take these prepared tablets one by one with warm water at an interval of 2-2 hours, the fever will be cured soon.

Make a powder by mixing 5 grams neem bark and half a gram clove or lentil sugar. Taking it in the quantity of two grams with water in the morning and evening ends simple viral fever, intermittent typhoid fever and blood disorders.

Make a decoction of neem bark, coriander, red sandalwood, padmakashth, giloy and dry ginger and take 10-30 ml; it is beneficial in all types of fever.

Take equal parts of enema bark, dry ginger, peepalmool, harad, kooky and amaltas. Cook it in one liter of water till one-eighth part remains. Take 10-20 ml of this decoction in the morning and evening. The fever will end.

Mix equal parts of neem bark, dry grapes and Gilroy. Make a decoction in 100 ml water and take 20 ml in the morning, afternoon and evening, it is beneficial in fever.

Use these remedies only under the supervision of an expert.

Neem can help reduce the symptoms of diabetes

Some studies on neem have found that special elements are found in its leaves, which accelerate the process of making insulin. However, these studies have not yet been fully confirmed. The above benefits of neem are completely based on studies, some of which have been done on rats and other animals only. According to the physical nature of each person, the effect of neem on him can be different.

Neem in blood disorders (to purify the blood)

If you are struggling with any blood related problem, then you can get rid of it by using neem. In Ayurveda, with the help of neem, many problems related to blood can be easily relieved. We have also talked about above how neem helps in keeping our skin healthy while purifying the blood. According to Ayurveda, with the help of the following measures, you can avoid blood related problems:-

Make a decoction of neem or cold juice and drink 5-10 ml daily, it ends blood disorders.

Make a decoction of 10 grams of neem leaves and take, it is beneficial in the heat of the blood.

Mix 20 ml juice of neem leaves and juice of Adusa leaves with honey and take it twice a day, it purifies blood.

After filtering the neem's Panchang in water, give 10-10 ml in the amount of 15-15 minutes. Along with this, tie a poultice (wet bandage) of its leaves on the knots of plagues and keeps fumigating it around it, it is beneficial in plague.

Use these remedies only under the supervision of an expert.

Protect from heat

No matter how hot it is, if you go under the neem tree, then you feel cool there, it shows that neem works to give coolness. If you take a bath with neem water or use neem soap during the summer season, then you can definitely protect yourself and your family from the problems caused by heatstroke. Keep in mind, the decoction made from neem is of hot effect.

Neem for Malaria

Mosquitoes can be easily removed with the help of Neem, every Indian knows about this. All you have to do is smoke with some dried neem leaves. But do you know that with the help of neem, malaria also gets rid of? According to Nigerian studies, neem leaves have ant malarial properties. Neem leaves help in fighting malaria. These leaves can be used in the treatment of malaria and for the prevention of malaria. Neem tea can also be used as a treatment for malaria.

Is there any harm from neem? Is there any harm from neem?

Yes, why not, even though neem is an important medicine, but it can also face many health disadvantages, so neem should always be used according to the right advice. Although there is no special harm from neem, but the possible harm caused by it is as follows:-

When taken by mouth: Neem bark extract is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when used short term. Doses up to 60 mg daily for up to 10 weeks have been used safely. Neem is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts or over a long period of time. It can damage the kidney and liver.

When applied to the skin: Neem oil or cream is probably safe if applied to the skin for 2 weeks.

When applied inside the mouth: Neem leaf extract gel is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied inside the mouth for up to 6 weeks.

Pregnancy: Neem oil and neem bark may be UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy. They can cause miscarriage.

Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if neem is safe to use while breast-feeding. Be on the safe side and avoid use.

Children: Neem extract shampoo is POSSIBLY SAFE for children when applied once or twice on the scalp for 10 minutes, and then rinsed off with warm water. Taking neem seeds and seed oil by mouth is likely to be unsafe in children. Serious side effects can occur in infants and young children within a few hours of taking neem oil. These serious side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, and seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, and death.


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