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Top 10 Health Benefits of Neem (Indian Lilac)-Neem Capsules by Planet Ayurveda

Introduction

In Indian villages, Neem is known by the name “Village Pharmacy” because of its numerous health benefits. It is used in Ayurvedic medicines since thousands of years. Its stem bark, root bark, gum,  flower, seeds, leaves and seed oil are used for various medicinal purposes. Neem tree has been described in Ayurveda’s main text Charak Samhita as Sarva Roga Nivarini (that which keeps all the diseases at bay) or Arishtha (reliever of the disease). Neem, a tree native to India is a vital ingredient in Ayurvedic practice.

According to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, it is essential for health to take all 6 tastes in diet daily. The bitter taste balances Pitta and Kapha doshas and is said to be cooling, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cleansing in nature. But, unfortunately in western countries the standard diet is lacking in bitter taste. Therefore, neem and other bitter herbs can be a great way to get the healing taste as a part of the diet. Neem is considered as an incredibly healing herb.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Neem

  • Botanical Name: Azadirachta indica
  • English Name: Margosa  or neem
  • Family: Meliaceae

Properties:

  • Taste:  Bitter and Astringent
  • Qualities: Light to digest and dry in nature
  • Undergoes pungent taste after digestion
  • Potency: Cold
  • Effect on Tridosha: Balances Pitta and Kapha but increases Vata dosha.

Charak has classified neem among the group of herbs that are useful in relieving itching and among the group of bitter tasting herbs.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Neem

Generally, all parts of neem have the following health benefits—

  • Neem undergoes digestion and absorption very easily and quickly. It helps in improving the digestion process. It helps in absorbing moisture from the intestine. It dries up and cleans up the moisture in wounds and ulcers.
  • Neem helps in balancing Pitta and Kapha doshas. Though neem has cold quality, it helps to balance Kapha which has cold quality. This is due to its other properties such as—undergoing pungent taste after digestion.
  • Neem is also useful in intestinal worms, infested wounds hence considered as an anti-microbial agent. It helps to cleanse and heal wound quickly.
  • It helps to relieve anorexia. Bitter tasting herbs, though difficult to consume, have this unique property of relieving anorexia.
  • It is useful in diabetes and diseases of urinary tract.
  • It is quite useful in numerous skin diseases.
  • Being coolant in nature, neem leaves help to relieve bleeding disorders.
  • Twig of neem is especially beneficial in respiratory problems like—bronchitis and cold.
  • Neem is also useful in inflammatory conditions and skin conditions having redness and pus.
  • Flower of neem is good for eyes.
  • According to Sushruta, oil extracted from neem fruit is pungent , hot in potency, has piercing quality and useful in skin diseases and headache.

Different ways to use Neem

  • Neem for Diabetes and associated skin diseases/wound—Neem helps in lowering blood glucose levels hence useful in diabetes. It is also useful in skin diseases and helps in healing the wounds. Hence, it is one of the herbal ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations used in diabetes. It also helps to heal the wounds quickly and relieves skin diseases such as—diabetic carbuncles.
  • Neem powder used as soap or in bathing water—People having repeated skin infections with redness and pus and people with repeated abscess problem, they should add a spoon of neem powder to a bucket of hot water and use this water for bathing.
  • For liver health—Mix 1/8 tsp of neem and 1/8 tsp of turmeric with 1 tsp of Aloe vera juice and ½ cup of water. Take this mixture 3 times daily.
  • For oral health—For preparing natural homemade mouthwash, take 4 tsp of neem herbal extract, add 5 drops of tea tree oil and 2 cups water. Take a small amount into the mouth and swish for 3 minutes twice a day.
  • Neem powder can be made into paste with honey or water can be apply over the wound in the form of paste.
  • Neem water decoction can be used for washing during infection like—infected pile mass, for washing eyes, for washing infected anal fistula or haemorrhoids.
  • Neem can be used as a part of food or as oral medication.

Neem Capsules by Planet Ayurveda

  • Neem capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain neem leaves which is rich in fibre. The leaves of neem consists of 10 amino acids. The active constituents of leaves are—nimbolide, nimbandial, quercentin, nimbiene and desacetylnimbinase.

Benefits of Neem Capsules of Planet Ayurveda:

  • In Psoriasis—Bark extract of Neem which is used in capsules relieves itching and pain and also reduces the scale and redness of lesions in Psoriasis.
  • Acne—It is considered as nature’s best blood purifier thus it is the best remedy for acne as well as to clear the acne scars.
  • Ulcers—Neem helps in speeding the healing of gastric and duodenal ulcers. It is also an effective herb for acid formation.
  • Pyorrhea—The extracts of neem prevents pyorrhea, periodontal diseases and tooth decay.
  • Diabetes—Neem Capsules help in reducing the blood sugar levels naturally and help in providing relief in both insulin dependent as well as non-insulin dependent diabetes.
  • Under Eye Dark Circles—The blemishes are due to stress, nutritional deficiency, irregular sleep, malnutrition etc. Neem helps in purifying the blood but keeping in mind other factors, specific treatment for the cause is also recommended.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice or thrice daily for 1 month after meals with plain water.

Neem Side Effects

  • Since it can lower blood glucose levels, as a general rule, if one is fasting then it is better to avoid oral intake of neem.
  • People with diabetes should use neem only under medical provision with constant blood glucose level monitoring.
  • Neem is quite Vata provoking and hence should not be used in excess by those with Vata imbalance like—anxiety, dry skin, constipation.

Amazing Home & Herbal Remedies for Swollen Feet

We generally across swelling in different local areas such as – face, feet etc. or throughout the body. Even though it usually appears as a symptom but in also in so many diseases related to vital organs like – liver, kidney, uterus, brain etc.
Swollen-Ankles-Legs-and-Feet
Swelling may appear as individual disease itself due to imbalanced dosha. Due to the causative factors, the Vata dosha, blood, Kapha and Pitta are vitiated and they are lodged in veins which start circulating in the body and extremities. Due to defect in circulation, the muscle and skin are badly affected and ultimately become hard and elevated swelling is resulted. According to Ayurveda, inflammation or swelling is of three types. Master Charak has explained it in the 18th chapter of Sutrasthana.

Three types of swelling according to Charak Samhita

  1. Vataja – arising due to Vata dosha imbalance
  2. Pittaja – arising due to Pitta dosha imbalance
  3. Kaphaja – arising due to Kapha dosha imbalance.

It is again of 2 types

  1. Nija – Due to internal causes within the body (due to endogenous factors)
  2. Agantuja – Due to external causes like – injury (due to exogenous factors).
    Aetiology of exogenous swellings-Agantu Shotha Nidaana-
  • Excision wounds
  • Incision wounds
  • Fracture
  • Grinding
  • Exposure to excessive pressure
  • Tight tying
  • Twisting by snake/ tight wrapping
  • Compression/squeezing
  • Piercing
  • Bristles of poisonous insects/creepers/harmful leaves

Endogenous and Exogenous Swellings

The exogenous swelling is diagnosed by the characteristic etiology, signs and symptoms whereas the endogenous swelling starts with the vitiation of doshas and bring about pain. The exogenous swelling on the other hand, starts with the pain and brings about the vitiation of doshas.

Aetiology of Endogenous Swelling

Endogenous swelling is caused due to

  • A chronic disease
  • Due to fasting
  • Walking long distance
  • Suddenly consuming exceedingly heavy/sour/salty food
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Consumption of meat of marshy or aquatic animals
  • Excessive intake of salt
  • Adoption of improper regimen after delivery and excitation of doshas in females
  • Pressure on gravid uterus in females

Clinical features of Vataja swelling – By the intake of cold, non-slimy, exertion, unctuous light food, fasting for a long time Vata in the body gets aggravated and afflicts the skin, flesh, blood etc. and causes swelling. The swelling thus may appear and disappear disruptly. Swelling is either of blue or reddish in colour. It is mobile and it throbs. The skin and hair over the swelling part are rough, hard and broken. Due to this, the pain due to swelling resemble cutting, splitting, pressing, pinching by needles, crawling by ants etc.

Clinical features of Pittaja swelling – By the intake of pungent, bitter, alkaline, hot, saline, sour, salty and heavy food and exposure to heat, fire, sun, the Pitta gets aggravated and affects the skin, flesh and blood and thus the swelling is caused. It may be black, blue, yellow and coppery in colour and hot and soft in touch. It appears and disappears abruptly. The hair on the swelling area becomes coppery and light gray and due to this there is a feeling of hot sensation, pain, emission of smoke, steaming and sloughing and it is not able to stand hot touch.

Clinical features of Kaphaja Swelling – Due to the intake of heavy, sweet, cold and unctuous diet, lack of exercise, excessive sleep, Kapha dosha gets aggravated and it affects skin, muscles, blood and causes Shlaishmika type of swelling. Such type of swelling takes a long time to manifest and cure. Swelling is apparently pale white colour, heavy, smooth, unctuous, immobile and have white hair in the border. It withstands pressure and heat.

According to the etiology there are 3 more types of swellings due to the combined morbidity of the Doshas- (Vata-Pittaja, Vata-Kaphaja and Pitta-Kaphaja).

There is only one Sannipatika type of swelling arising due to combined morbidity of all the three doshas and it manifests signs and symptoms of all 3 doshas.

General symptoms of swelling

  • Thinning of the affected skin surface
  • Numbness
  • Red or black discoloration
  • Roughness
  • Occasional pain
  • Soft oedematous lesions
  • Vertigo
  • Fever
  • Thirst
  • Sepsis
  • Black or yellow coloured lesions
  • Severe burning
  • Instant ulceration
  • Tastelessness
  • Nausea
  • Excess sleep
  • Stable and thick oedema
  • Oedema worsening during night time

Simple home remedies for swelling

  1. Regular consumption of 1 pinch of turmeric along with half teaspoon of ginger and honey relieves swelling.
  2. Erandmoola, Jeeraka and Gokshura are taken in equal quantity and decoction is prepared. This is capable of providing relief from swelling.
  3. 1 teaspoon of Punarnava, turmeric and ginger are taken in a vessel. 2 cups of water are added, boiled and reduced to half. 20 ml dose of this preparation must be taken 2 times a day before food with a small piece of jaggery.

Herbal Remedies for Swollen Feet

Punarnava capsules of Planet Ayurveda for swelling

punarnava-capsulesPunarnava capsules of Planet Ayurveda are very helpful in the treatment of swelling or oedema due to any reasons as it reduces inflammation in a natural way without any side effects. Punarnava capsule of Planet Ayurveda is a pure herbal product. The herb Punarnava helps to promote health of the urinary tract and also helps to maintain efficient kidney function. It helps in water retention caused by any reasons which can be liver, kidney, heart problems or even venous insufficiency.

Single drug recommended in swelling – Castor root, ginger, Punarnava, Tribulus, cumin seeds, Shilajit, turmeric, shallaki etc.

Unwholesome diet – salty, dry vegetables, heavy food, pulses, spicy food, long walk, curd, sour substances must be avoided.

It must be noted that swelling is a simple health complaint if it is localised one or is of recent origin whereas the generalised swelling with chronic history denotes serious underlying pathology. So one should take immediate attention towards such problems.