Nimba, Neem, Melia azadirachta Linn


Sanskrit: Nimba


Hindi: Nimb

English: Neem

Latin: Melia azadirachta Linn. (Azadiracta Indica) Part Used: All

Habitat: This tree grows wild in Iran, the Western Himalayas of India, and is cultivated in other parts of India

Energetics: Bitter/astringent-cold-pungent PK- V++

Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat

Systems: Circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary


Root bark—astringent, antiperiodic (prevent recur– rence of diseases), tonic

Bark—astringent, antiperiodic, bitter, tonic, ver– mifuge, antiviral

Fruit—purgative, emollient, anthelmintic Leaves—discutient, emmenagogue, antiviral, dis- infectant


Nut Oil—local stimulant, insecticide, antiseptic

Flowers—stimulant, tonic, stomachic

Uses: Arthritis, blood purifier and detoxifier, con- valescence after fever, cough, diabetes, eczema, fever (used with black pepper and gentian), inflam- mation of muscles and joints, jaundice, leukorrhea, malaria, mucus membrane ulcerations, nausea, obesity, parasites, rheumatism, skin diseases/in-

flammations, cleanses liver, syphilis, thirst, tissue excess, tumors, vomiting, worms, drowsiness, loss of appetite. Leaves—heal ulcers in urinary passage, emmenagogue, skin diseases. Fruit—skin diseases, bronchitis. Kernel powder washing hair. Effec- tive as a pesticide.

Precautions: Causes harshness for people on spiri- tual paths, Not with emaciation

Preparation: Infusion, decoction, powder, medi- cated ghee, or oil

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