Revered for its medicinal properties, neem (Azadirachta indica) is commonly used in traditional Indian medicine as a household remedy against various human diseases, particularly skin infections.

Neem has demonstrated antiviral properties against the polio virus, bovine herpes type 1 (BoHV-1) activity, the duck plague virus and the herpes simplex virus type-1 infection.[1,2,3,4] It has been proven effective in treating sexually transmitted diseases.[5]

Neem has antioxidant properties and protects against oxidative damage to the DNA and red blood cells.[6] Neem promotes better digestion by protecting the stomach, aiding in elimination and removing toxins and harmful bacteria.[7]

Neem For Deworming
For centuries, neem has been used to rid the body of all forms of parasites. It has the potential to kill both internal and external parasites such as ringworms, pinworms, and hookworms among others.

Deworming becomes essential for both children and adults because many of these worms are not visible to the naked eye and can enter our body in numerous ways. A simple activity such as a swim in the pond and a barefoot walk in the park is enough for the body to be exposed to these parasites.

Neem extracts have hormone mimics (compounds that behave just like hormones) that interfere with the life cycle of parasites, inhibit their ability to feed and prevent the eggs from hatching. It has also been found effective against head lice.[8] Neem leaf slurry is an effective natural larvicide used in west African villages.[9]

How To Take It:

  • Grind two neem leaves with six to eight drops of water to make a thick paste. Have it with a glass of warm water every alternate day for a week to deworm.

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2. Saha S, Galhardi LC, Yamamoto KA, Linhares RE, Bandyopadhyay SS, Sinha S, Nozawa C, Ray B. Water-extracted polysaccharides from Azadirachta indica leaves: Structural features, chemical modification and anti-bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) activity. Int J Biol Macromol. 2010 Dec 1;47(5):640-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2010.08.011. Epub 2010 Aug 21. PubMed PMID: 20732349.

3. Xu J, Song X, Yin ZQ, Cheng AC, Jia RY, Deng YX, Ye KC, Shi CF, Lv C, Zhang W. Antiviral activity and mode of action of extracts from neem seed kernel against duck plague virus in vitro1. Poult Sci. 2012 Nov;91(11):2802-7. doi: 10.3382/ps.2012-02468. PubMed PMID: 23091135.

4. Tiwari V, Darmani NA, Yue BY, Shukla D. In vitro antiviral activity of neem (Azardirachta indica L.) bark extract against herpes simplex virus type-1 infection. Phytother Res. 2010 Aug;24(8):1132-40. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3085. PubMed PMID: 20041417; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3767196.

5.Shokeen P, Bala M, Tandon V. Evaluation of the activity of 16 medicinal plants against Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2009 Jan;33(1):86-91.doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2008.07.022. Epub 2008 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 18819776.

6. Manikandan P, Anandan R, Nagini S. Evaluation of Azadirachta indica leaf fractions for in vitro antioxidant potential and protective effects against H2O2-induced oxidative damage to pBR322 DNA and red blood cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Aug 12;57(15):6990-6. doi: 10.1021/jf901351n. PubMed PMID: 19583256.

7. Bandyopadhyay U, Biswas K, Sengupta A, Moitra P, Dutta P, Sarkar D, Debnath P, Ganguly CK, Banerjee RK. Clinical studies on the effect of Neem (Azadirachta indica) bark extract on gastric secretion and gastroduodenal ulcer. Life Sci. 2004 Oct 29;75(24):2867-78. PubMed PMID: 15454339.

8. Abdel-Ghaffar F, Al-Quraishy S, Al-Rasheid KA, Mehlhorn H. Efficacy of a single treatment of head lice with a neem seed extract: an in vivo and in vitro study on nits and motile stages. Parasitol Res. 2012 Jan;110(1):277-80. doi: 10.1007/s00436-011-2484-3. Epub 2011 Jun 11. PubMed PMID: 21667206.

9. Luong K, Dunkel FV, Coulibaly K, Beckage NE. Potential use of neem leaf slurry as a sustainable dry season management strategy to control the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae (DIPTERA: CULICIDAE) in west African villages. J Med Entomol. 2012 Nov;49(6):1361-9. PubMed PMID: 23270164.