Neem is a tree. The bark, leaves, and seeds are used to make medicine. Less often, the root, flower, and fruit are also used.
Neem leaf is used for leprosy
disorders, bloody nose
, intestinal worms, stomach
upset, loss of appetite, skin
ulcers, diseases of the heart
vessels (cardiovascular disease
), fever, diabetes
, gum disease
), and liver problems
. The leaf is also used for birth control
and to cause abortions
The bark is used for malaria
and intestinal ulcers, skin
diseases, pain, and fever.
The flower is used for reducing bile, controlling phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.
The fruit is used for hemorrhoids
, intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, bloody nose, phlegm, eye
disorders, diabetes, wounds, and leprosy.
Neem twigs are used for cough
, hemorrhoids, intestinal worms, low sperm
levels, urinary disorders, and diabetes. People in the tropics sometimes chew neem twigs instead of using toothbrushes
, but this can cause illness; neem twigs are often contaminated with fungi within 2 weeks of harvest and should be avoided.
The seed and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms. They are also used for birth control and to cause abortions.
The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.
Some people apply neem directly to the skin
to treat head lice
diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito
repellent; and as a skin softener.
Inside the vagina
, neem is used for birth control.
Neem is also used as an insecticide.
How does it work?
Neem contains chemicals that might help reduce blood sugar levels, heal ulcers in the digestive tract, prevent pregnancy, kill bacteria, and prevent plaque formation in the mouth.