As you will see below, the medicinal uses of neem leaves and other parts of the neem tree are incredibly varied. All parts of the neem plant have been used in traditional medicine for several thousand years, with very impressive results...
Not that it means much here in the western world. Modern research is only just beginning to understand the medicinal properties of the neem tree.
First our scientists have to figure out which of the over 150 active ingredients in the neem plant do what. And then, maybe, you'll see neem medicines being developed. But don't hold your breath.
The situation is totally different in South East Asia, especially in India, where the neem plant is at home.
Most of the medicinal research on neem has been done in India, and neem is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine and in many traditional home remedies.
See the list below for the many different uses of neem as a medicine plant, and follow the links to find out more about the traditional uses and about the latest research results.
Every item on this list is either a traditional medicinal use of the neem plant, or a potential medical use of neem where some research has been done.
Follow the links (more coming soon) to find out more about how traditional neem medicines were used, how effective they were, and whether modern research could confirm that effectiveness.
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Please do take note of my footer and understand that none of the information on this site is intended as medical advice. I am not a doctor or health care provider, and I certainly will not answer questions asking me for specific directions how to use neem for medical conditions. If you have a medical condition, see a doctor.
All I can do is share with you what we know about neem, what we don't know, how it has been used traditionally, and the positive and negative experiences my readers have had. We are all learning.