Neem: The multi-potential skin rejuvenation herb





   


  Nimba is commonly known as Neem tree. The plant is beneficial in treating many skin disorders like Psoriasis, Dermatitis etc. It is used as an excellent antimicrobial agent and can kill harmful micro-organisms. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Neem for the treatment of Psoriasis, Acetonuria, Worm infestation etc. due to the Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha balancing properties. The modern researches also proves that neem containscontains Phyto-constituents like Nimbin, Nimbinene, Quercitin etc. which are known to have strong anti-microbial in action . Neem is used to prepare most of the skin care products because of the skin rejuvenation property. According to Ayurveda textbooks Neem is beneficial in treating conditions like Intestinal worm infestation, cough etc. 



GENERAL ASPECTS AND GEOGRAPHY

Botanical name : Azadirachta indica  

Family :  Meliaceae 

Habitat: Found through out India


PARTS USED

  • Whole plant


CLASSICAL CATEGORIZATION based on AYURVEDA TEXTBOOKS 

Charaka Samhita – Kandughna varga (Used to treat itching and other similar difficulties)

Susruta Samhita – Aragwadadi gana


PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION 

  • Anti-microbial 
  • Anti-diabetic 
  • Blood purifier
  • Insecticidal 

 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Pramehahara (Anti-diabetic property)
  • Arsoghna ( heals haemorrhoids)
  • Krimighna (Anti-micorbial/ Anti-helmintics)
  • Kandughna (Beneficial for reducing itching)
  • Kushtaghna (Used for treating skin disorders )





THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS

  • Psoriasis (Twak Roga)- The powder of Nimba is mixed with cow’s urine and applied on the affected skin part. The same preparation is also used internally.
  • Acetonuria (Surameha)- Decoction of Nimba is taken internally at a dose of 90 ml to cure Acetonuria.
  • Head boils(Arumshika) – Decoction of Nimba is sprinkled over the Head boils and it can alleviate the condition.

DOSAGE

Powder (Churna) – 5 g

Decoction (Kashaya)- 90 ml

Juice (Swarasa)- 10-20 ml

Oil (Taila)  - 10 drops

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 


FORMULATIONS 

  • Tiktakam ghrtha
  • Tiktakam kasahyam 
  • Nimbadi churna
  • Nimbadi kwatha
  • Panchanimba churna 


Morphology :

Neem is a large tree with woody branched stem. The leaves are compound and lanceolate. Inflorescence is axillary panicle. Flowers are white in color.


VERNACULAR NAMES OF  NIMBA


English – Neem tree

Hindi- Nim

Malayalam – Veppu 



SYNONYMS OF NIMBA

  • Arishta
  • Niyamana
  • Pichumarda
  • Krimghna



RASAPANCHAKA OF  NIMBA


Rasa- Kashaya (Astringent ) Tikta (bitter) 

Guna-  Laghu (Light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya- Sita (cold)

निम्बफलं रसे तिक्तं पाके तु कटुभेदनम्

स्निग्धं लघूष्णं कुष्ठघ्नं गुल्मार्शः कृमिमेहनुत् ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu Guducyadi Varga- shloka 96)


  Neem helps to reduces Pitta and Kapha doshas due to the properties of Tiktha rasa(Bitter taste) and Sita virya(Cold potency). It can be used in conditions like Dermatitis (Twak roga), Gulma(abdominal tumor), Arsas (Haemorrhoids ) etc. Neem is one of the main herbs used for researches in preparing the medicines for the ailments of various skin disorders by team Ayurvedatarian. Dr. Varun Ram Raj is leading the research for Ayurvedatarian single herbs and herbal combinations for making the availability of high quality herbal as well as Ayurvedic products to around the globe. 


RESEARCHES ON NIMBA

 


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3695574/


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4791507/





Frequently asked Questions


1) Is Neem good for controlling Skin diseases ?

   Yes, Neem have excellent skin rejuvenation action. The decoction to tablet of this herb can be used to treat conditions like psoriasis, head boils etc. successfully.

2)What are the uses of Panchanimba churna?

 Panchanimba churna is a very effective medicine for the ailment of all types Twak rogas(Skin diseases) which is having neem as the major ingredient. It can be taken along with honey or with water at a dose of 5 g.

3) What is the dosage of Nimba kwatha?

   Nimba kwatha can be taken at a dose of 90 ml once or twice daily or as per directed by the doctor. 


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