Neem extract with multiple heath benefits
The Neem is an Indian tree attracting worldwide interest which has been the subject of three international conferences in the last 10 years (for more details see ). Mahatma Gandhi was one of Neem's strongest advocates: he led prayers under a Neem tree and every day ate Neem leaf chutney. For the record, following a long and sustained campaign led by India, the European Office of Patents has finally revoked a patent registered by the multinational W.R. Grace. Until now, this patent had meant Indians were not free to make use of Neem resources. Its annulment strikes a lethal blow to bio-piracy organized by the pharmaceutical industry (more than 70 patents' had been registered to monopolise Neem and its health applications). Ayurvedic tradition, supported by modern science, shows that:
1. Neem supplement, which purifies the blood' and detoxifies the body, is good for maintaining healthy skin, and in particular, for treating eczema, athlete's foot, candida and acne.
2. It has antibacterial activity against staphylococcus aureus, a common source of food poisoning and urinary infections, and salmonella. A 0.2% concentration of Neem had the same anti-bacterial effect as penicillin G.
3. It has an antiviral effect on smallpox, hepatitis B and herpes.
4. Its antiseptic qualities help to prevent periodontal diseases (it is a common ingredient in toothpaste).
5. It has anti-inflammatory activity comparable to that of aspirin (by inhibiting prostaglandins).
6. It exerts immuno-modulatory activity on Th-1 lymphocytes and is considered a potent stimulant of the immune system.
7. It has a powerful hypoglycaemic effect, beneficial both to those suffering from Type I diabetes (insulin-dependent) and Type II (known as fat diabetes), through as yet unidentified mechanisms.
8. Studies on guinea pigs and rabbits show it has a significant and dose-dependent hypotensive effect.