Neem

Definition - What does Neem mean?

Neem is the name of both a tree native to the Indian subcontinent and products derived from the tree; in particular, the herb used in the traditional Indian healing system of Ayurveda. Neem products are also used in the traditional medical systems of siddha (Tamil) and unani (Islamic).

Neem is used for a wide range of ailments and is often prescribed for skin conditions. The tree is also referred to by its botanical name, Azadirachta indica.

Yogapedia explains Neem

In Ayurveda, neem is believed to balance two of the three doshas (energies that control the body's functions): pitta and kapha. In addition to promoting healthy skin, neem is believed to have the following benefits:

  • Detoxifies the body, boosting the immune system
  • Cleanses the liver
  • Promotes circulation
  • Has antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Balances blood sugar levels
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Reduces inflammation

Neem is used as a powder or an oral medication (tablet or pill), in food or dissolved in water for washing or bathing.

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