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8.3.12 NEEM, Nimba (Azadiracta indica, A. Juss.)


Taste: Bitter
Attribute: Light
Potency: Cold
Long-Term: Pungent
General Action: Promoter of digestion, anti-inflammatory, heals skin, mouth, and teeth, antiparasitic
Specific Action: Antiseptic
Therapeutic Action: Lowers pitta and kapha, increases vata

Neem is an excellent antiseptic for the teeth and gums. It has been used for thousands of years as both a toothbrush (the twigs) and a stimulant for the gums. It has strong antiparasitic qualities and is an extraordinary blood purifier. As such, it also clears the digestive tract of parasites and toxins. Neem has a long history of outstanding results for all kinds of skin problems even leprosy. Neem is included on an external application as through internal ingestion. It is also the best natural insecticide to use on crops or vegetables, as it prevents the insects from doing damage and yet remains non-toxic to humans.

There is some concern in the Western scientific community about the safety of ingesting neem internally. In Ayurveda it has been safely used for over five thousand years internally and 70 percent of the population of India still uses neem twigs daily to clean their teeth, resulting in a very low rate of dental decay per capita. I personally used neem leaf pills for several years when I lied near Bombay. They were especially effective in the monsoon rains to prevent infections, cold, or fevers. Many yogis use neem for all their medical needs today as it has great versatility.

Dose: 500mgs to 1 gram twice or three times per day






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