Acne vulgaris (pimples), Skin allergies
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The derma specialist
Neem (Margosa Tree/Azadirachta indica) has been described in Ayurveda’s
prime text, the Charaka Samhita, as sarva roga nivarini (that which keeps all
diseases at bay) or arishtha (reliever of disease). Neem has been used in the
Ayurvedic tradition for thousands of years for maintaining health and overall
well-being. The roots, bark, gum, leaves, fruit, seed kernels and seed oil are
all used in therapeutic preparations for both internal and topical use.
Scholars from the Department of Microbiology at Rajah Muthiah Medical College,
Annamalai University, India, studied the skin supportive effects of the seeds and
leaves of the Neem plant and found the results to be encouraging (Indian Journal
of Medical Microbiology, April/June 2003, 21(2):98-101).
Similarly, researchers from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of
Calcutta, India, said, ‘the results of our study give some scientific support to the
uses of Neem employed by the indigenous people in India for normal dermal
function and internal cleansing support’ (Journal of Ethnopharmacology,
May 22 2007, 111(3):607-12). Native to Burma, Neem trees are found in abundance
in India in naturalized, dry forests.
Neem leaves mainly yield the flavanoid quercetin and nimbosterol as well as a
number of limonoids. Quercetin, a polyphenolic flavonoid, is known to have
antibacterial and antifungal properties. The flowers also yield a waxy material
consisting of several fatty acids. The bark contains various tannins in different
forms. The seed is very important both because of its high lipid content and
the presence of a large number of bitter principals such as azadirachtin,
azadiradione, fraxinellone, nimbin, salannin, salannol, vepinina and vilasinin.
Skin disorders: Neem is mentioned in most Ayurvedic formulations for the
treatment of skin disorders,because of its detoxifying properties. The growth
of acne-causing bacteria such as propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and
staphylococcus epidermidis is also inhibited by Neem. The role of Neem in acne
is further supported by studies which have shown that it exhibits
anti-inflammatory activity by suppressing P. acnes-induced reactive oxygen
species (ROS) and the pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-a and IL-8.
Gastrointestinal: The antioxidant, antisecretory and proton-pump inhibitory
(reduction of gastric acid production) properties of the Neem leaf extract work
as a gastroprotective and are effective in healing ulcers.
One capsule, twice a day or as directed by your physician
Each capsule contains 250mg extract of Neem
Note: Since Himalaya’s Pure Herbs are in capsule form, some children below
14 years may find it difficult to swallow them. For this reason, Pure Herbs are
recommended for children ages 14 and above.
The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for professional
medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your problem
without consulting your doctor.
Last Updated @ 11/23/2018 2:14:00 PM