Fighting Viruses – Neem

Neem is one of those herbs whose absence used to prove detrimental to the early people who used it for about every minor or major problem. The oil that is obatined from the its seeds is very very beneficial for skins ailments and even viral infections and a lot of other things.

Early Ayurvedic practitioners believed high sugar levels in the body caused skin disease.Neem’s bitter quality was considered to counteract the sweetness.Indians historically bathed in neem leaves steeped in hot water.This is still considered a common procedure for curing skin ailments or allergic reactions.

Psoriasis is successfully treated with neem oil.The oil moisturizes and protects the skin while healing the lesions, scaling and irritations.Experiments have shown that patients with psoriasis who have taken neem leaf orally, combined with tropical treatment with neem extracts and neem seed oil, achieve results at least as positive as those who use coal tar and cortisone, the more traditional treatments. Coal tar products are messy and smelly and cortisone can thin the skin when used repeatedly.Neem has neither side effect. It can be used for extended periods of time without any side effects, is easy to apply and is relatively inexpensive.

In India, neem is also used to treat viral diseases such as -

  • small-pox
  • chicken-pox

Even many medical practitioners use a paste of neem leaves, rubbed directly on the infected skin, for these conditions.

Experiments with smallpox, chicken pox and fowl-pox have shown that neem is quite effective for preventing if not for curing these conditions.The neem extracts absorb the viruses, preventing them from spreading to unaffected cells.Neem has also been shown to be effective against herpes virus and the viral DNA polymers of the hepatitis B virus.

Laboratory experiments have shown that neem has antibacterial characteristics as well.For example the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, a feared cause of food poisonings as well as of furuncles and abscesses, reacted to neem treatment. Also, German experiments proved that a neem seed extract with ethanol is effective against the herpes viruses.

Neem truly seems like miraculous natural drug. Neem has been shown to provide an antiviral treatment option for small-pox, chicken-pox, and warts. It is particularly useful for these conditions when applied directly to the skin. This is due in part to its ability to inhibit viruses from multiplying and spreading.

Chronic fatigue is considered to be caused by both viral and fungal infections. Neem, which can attack both, helps the body fight this debilitating syndrome.
Minor cuts, sprains and bruises are treated with neem lotion, cream or leaf extract applied locally. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial attributes are soothing to these conditions.

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1. Neem tree-Azadirachta indica by Steve Nix
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