Neem - traditional medicine
|Neem bark has been used to treat a variety of conditions.|
Extracts of the bark and twigs have been used to treat fevers, thirst, sickness and vomiting. Fever is a symptom of many diseases including malaria. When neem was used to treat malaria it was often mixed with coriander and ginger. This mixture was believed to be more efficient than quinine, a compound from a South American tree that is a well-known treatment for malaria. The bark has also been used to prepare various medicines to treat jaundice, anorexia, dysentery and worms.
The leaves have been prescribed to aid the digestive system and to stimulate the liver. Infusions of the leaves were also used to treat lung conditions and to decrease levels of glucose in the blood of patients suffering from diabetes.
This information is provided for general interest only. It is not intended as guidance for medicinal use. Further information on using herbal medicines is available.