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"Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems."

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In 1992, a group of U.S. government agencies including the National Academy Press, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institutes of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as the Board on Science and Technology for International Development, published a book entitled "Neem: A Tree for Solving Global Problems."

Still available online, the book notes that neem has been used through the centuries to treat a myriad of disorders with part of the forward reading:

"To those millions in India neem has miraculous powers, and now scientists around the world are beginning to think they may be right. Two decades of research have revealed promising results in so many disciplines that this obscure species may be of enormous benefit to countries both rich and poor. Even some of the most cautious researchers are saying that 'neem deserves to be called a wonder plant.' "

Since its publication 15 years ago, an enormous amount of research has been completed in laboratories and universities around the world. We'll be the first to admit that modern research hasn't always supported neem's "healer of all ailments" moniker. Still, considering the wide variety of disorders where researchers can detail positive results - combined with the fact that it has few side effects - results of this ongoing research probably surpass the expectations of the people who called it a wonder tree 15 years ago.


Sai Baba touched the Padukas, saying that these are the feet of the Lord and asked the people to install them, under foot of the Neem tree

He first manifested Himself as a young lad of sixteen under a Neem tree .


One who by ever living at the foot of the neem tree, has transformed it ...

It was also mentioned that the sun god took refuge in the neem tree to escape ... The neem tree was considered a gift of God and Sreva roga nivarni (the ...

A Natural Treatment That Works?, Neem Trees - what scientists have found


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Neem (Azadirachta indica) has worldwide medicinal and agricultural applications as a non-toxic alternative to synthetic chemicals for both curing and preventing disease. MEDICINAL uses of neem: ANTIPATHOGEN- effects are selective against parasites: INSECTS (eg Head Lice, Whitefly, Weevil, Caterpillars, Fleas, Moths), WORMS, FUNGI (eg Athletes Foot, Yeast Infection), BACTERIA (eg Leprosy, Tuberculosis) and VIRUS (eg Malaria, Flu) IMMUNO-MODULATOR, ANTICANCEROUS, ANTIVIRAL, ANTIFUNGAL, ANTIALLERGEN, ANTIDIABETIC, CNS EFFECT, ANTIHEPATOTOXIC (liver), WOUND HEALING, CARDIO-VASCULAR, SKIN DISEASES (eg eczema, psoriasis), ANTI-HEMORRHOIDS, ANTI-PYRETIC (fever), ANTI-HISTAMINE, ANTI-ARTHRITIC, ANTI-INFERTILITY, CONTRACEPTIVE (both male and female. effect is temporary) ANTI-OXIDANT, ANTI-LEPROTIC, AGRICULTURAL uses: STORAGE OF GRAINS WOOD FISHERIES PESTICIDE (kills Threadworms (Nematodes), repels Slugs and snails, but is beneficial for spiders, bees, wasps, ladybirds, birds, bats and earthworms) ANTI-AFLATOXIN (toxin produced by fungus on many common commercial crops such as cotton) FERTILISER FORESTRY uses: Improvement of soil, Wind breaker, Mulching... HOUSEHOLD: Pest repellent, Fuel, Soap... THE VIDEO SOURCES ARE BOTH CANADIAN DOCUMENTARIES 1. The Nature of Things with David Suzuki (1994) This 46-minute film focuses primarily on the use of neem as insecticide and the discovery of Azadirachtin: Neem Trees are used for reforestation, because it can grow well in dry conditions and sheds leaves all year round. Neem is mentioned in the Indian Vedas. Neem is beneficial for all human skin disorders, the skin of animals and plants and the skin of the Earth. Neem sticks are used as tooth brushes, and neem extracts in toothpaste. Cavities & Periodontitis are caused by bacteria which are killed by neem (ANTIBACTERIAL). Neem is ANTI-INFLAMMATORY & ANTI-ULCEROGENIC (cures inflammation and ulcers). Fed to livestock it is nutritious, medicinal and ANTHELMINTIC (expels parasitic worms). It is part of sustainable agriculture as a fertilizer & pesticide. Totally non-toxic to plants, people, birds, fish. In the fight against malaria, neem acts both as insect repellent & an ANTIMALARIAL (anti-viral oral treatment for infection and relief of symptoms). Alternative to conventional pesticides (more effective, non-toxic, selective). There is no need for farmers to isolate active ingredients for synthesis. Neem contains hundreds of beneficial compounds complete with packaging. Why were attempts made by large pharmaceutical companies to restrict its use? 2. The Corporation (Mark Achbar 2003) Vandana Shiva talking about freedom from intellectual property laws. Governments and corporations were restricting use of Neem, so people all over the world successfully fought back. THE CHALLENGE NOW FOR NEEM- is against monoculture plantation projects that are funded by corporations. Neem has an invaluable role in the biodiversity of our Ecosphere. To grow it in isolation does not benefit other plants or the Neem Trees.. We must cultivate healthy Wild Neem Trees which live with other wildlife and help to support it. Large Corporate Neem Plantations damage land and produce inferior trees, while paying workers slave wages. THE PROBLEMS WITH PLANTATION NEEM- Neem's ability to hold water may cause damage to the water table, The collection of nutrients on top soil may cause salination of the soil. The neem trees do not have optimal conditions to mature properly and do not generate the same variety of active components. The land is owned by corporations, who do not pay workers a fair wage. www.earthworkstrading.co.uk is an excellent UK-based supplier of wild neem from Africa other sources of information: "Neem: The Divine Tree : Azadirachta Indica" by Harbans Singh Puri - 1999 "A TREE FOR SOLVING GLOBAL PROBLEMS" -National Research Council,Washington,D.C. 1992. «

The Tree of Life?


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Neem trees and Camels to restore the deserts? provide economy?




As well as its high mineral and vitamin content, research has suggested that antibodies in camels' milk can help fight diseases like cancer, HIV/Aids Alzheimer's and hepatitis C.

And work is on-going to see whether it can have a role in reducing the effects of diabetes and heart disease.

The UN's food arm, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), wants producers in countries from Mauritania to Kazakhstan to start selling camels' milk to the West.

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Here's a book extolling the wonders of the Neem Tree..

This tree is considered to be of divine origin. It was said that Amrita( ambrosia, the elixir of immortality) was being carried by Garuda (demi -god of Hindu mythology which is part human part bird) to heaven and a few drops of this Amrita fell on a Neem Tree. In another story ,Amrita was sprinkled by Indira( the celestial king) on the earth, which gave rise to the neem tree, yet in another intsance neem tree is related to Dhamvantri ( the Aryan god of medicine). It was mentionted that the sun god took refuge in the neem tree to escape from the power of demons(Vijayalakshmi et al.., 1995).

The neem tree is considered a gift of God and Sreva roga nivarni ( the panacea for all diseases).

In an old prover it was said:

The land where the neem tree abound,

Can death, disease there in be found?


By Harbans Singh Puri



The Benefits And Uses Of Neem Oil


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Medicinal properties of Neem: New Findings

by D.P. Agrawal

More than 135 compounds have been isolated from different parts of neem and several reviews have also been published on the chemistry and structural diversity of these compounds. The compounds have been divided into two major classes: isoprenoids (like diterpenoids and triterpenoids containing protomeliacins, limonoids, azadirone and its derivatives, gedunin and its derivatives, vilasinin type of compounds and C- secomeliacins such as nimbin, salanin and azadirachtin ) and non-isoprenoids, which are proteins (amino acids) and carbohydrates (polysaccharides), sulphurous compounds, polyphenolics such as flavonoids and their glycosides, dihydrochalcone, coumarin and tannins, aliphatic compounds, etc.

Biological activity of Neem compounds

Anti-inflammatory; Antiarthritic; Antipyretic; Hypoglycaemic; Antigastric ulcer; Spermicidal; Antifungal; Antibacterial; Diuretic; Antimalarial; Antitumour; Immunomodulatory etc.

Medicinal Uses

Various parts of the neem tree have been used as traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India. Neem oil and the bark and leaf extracts have been therapeutically used as folk medicine to control leprosy, intestinal helminthiasis, respiratory disorders, constipation and also as a general health promoter. Its use for the treatment of rheumatism, chronic syphilitic sores and indolent ulcer has also been evident. Neem oil finds use to control various skin infections. Bark, leaf, root, flower and fruit together cure blood morbidity, biliary afflictions, itching, skin ulcers, burning sensations and pthysis ( see Table 1).


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an ancient 'pre-flouride dental treatment...!!!!

I regularly use organic toothpaste, and neem is one of their flavors. Ever since I've been using it my dentist tells me that my teeth became a lot more resistant to cavities, ect. because my enamel was strengthened.


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