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Is This Herb the New Turmeric?

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Let me be the first to say that I’m not a follower of Eastern religions.

I believe in God, and I believe God created the world and everything in it.

And, I believe that many of his creations were meant to help us heal and to help us live better and fuller lives.

And whether you share my religious beliefs or not is irrelevant when it comes to good health.

Case in point: One of the oldest religions in the world (way older than Christianity) has a long history of believing similar things.

The Ayurveda medical tradition is a medical tradition that goes back almost 5,000 years. The Ayurveda is part of the Hindu religion’s attempts to understand the natural world and its interactions with the human body.

And the truth is, they were onto something 5,000 years ago…something that much of the medical world could really stand to learn from today.

Now, I wrote an article not too long ago on the incredible powers of turmeric root. Turmeric is a lean, mean, free-radical fighting machine that contains a super-potent ingredient called Curcumin. It’s also part of the Ayureda.

I talk in depth about curcumin in this article.

The one thing I want to have sink into your mind is curcumin is a bonafide “badboy” in the realm of nutritional medicine.

But, it’s not alone.

There are, in fact, other herbs that have incredible medical implications.

If turmeric was a superhero, then it would be The Hulk, and the herb I’m going to introduce you to is Thor.

If the comic book references escape you, let me just put it this way. Both of these herbs are strong and capable of kicking some serious butt.

So what am I talking about?

Neem of course.

The Benefits of Neem

Neem is a fun word to say. If I said Neem was a lean, mean, green, health boosting machine, I’d be saying that because it’s true, and because it’s fun to rhyme.

But Neem isn’t just some cute little herb that’s good to have in your regimen of supplements. It’s an incredibly powerful plant that can have a wide range of positive affects on your health.

So what is Neem?

Well, it’s a plant, but more specifically it’s a tree.

And most all of the plant is used in medical applications. The root, the leaves, the seeds, the seed oil, the stems, the bark, the fruit, and the flower are often used to help with a variety of conditions.

The real reason that Neem is so powerful is because it has a myriad of  health “boosting” properties.

You see, Neem doesn’t take crap from anything.

You might be thinking, “Wow, Dr. Wiggy sounds so educated,” but allow me to explain.

The thing about Neem is it’s known to abound in several areas that most other herbs do not.

For instance, it’s antibacterial. Neem will actively fight bacteria on both a topical level and even inside the body. While many people depend on antibiotics to combat bacteria, Neem can often do the same kind of work without the harmful effects posed by antibiotics.

It’s also believed to be:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Blood-purifying
  • Spermicidal

And more.

Pretty interesting, I’m sure you’d agree.

Now I do need to say something explicitly.

There needs to be much more research done on Neem. Yes, the Ayurveda tradition of medicine has been using Neem for these uses for thousands of years.

And yes, there are thousands of anecdotal testimonies to the power of Neem.

BUT, Neem doesn’t have the backing of the medical establishment…yet. Mainly because it hasn’t been studied nearly as much as it deserves.

I’ll talk about a few of the medical studies in a bit, but I want to go on record saying that there’s not enough established evidence (at least for the conventional world of medicine) to put Neem on the same level as Turmeric.

But that isn’t to say it’s not powerful!

You see, Neem has been used (effectively I might add) to treat a number of conditions.

Take a look!

Neem’s been used to:

  • Help moisturize and relieve dry skin
  • Help cure acne as it fights the bacteria  (propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and staphylococcus epidermidis) that cause acne
  • Soothe itchy skin
  • Can be used to condition the hair and scalp
  • Lessens the seriousness of chronic psoriasis
  • Can make hair grow
  • Can reverse the damage of eczema
  • Cause the immune system to work better
  • Helps the liver detoxify more efficiently
  • Has been used to treat ulcers
  • Works with the liver to detoxify your blood
  • Help boost cardiovascular health
  • Make the respiratory system function more effectively
  • Help improve digestive response
  • Treat the symptoms of malaria
  • Help treat diabetes
  • Combat scabies and lice.

And more.

Starting to get the picture?

Neem is a great addition to any health-building protocol, and I believe it can be a great asset to anyone who doesn’t want to depend on pharmaceuticals for better health.

Neem is Just Beginning to Get Its Recognition

Neem, like many other traditional remedies, is beginning to be tested in the scientific community.

For instance, the Indian Department of Physiology conducted an experiment on Neem and how it can be used to treat ulcers.

Their findings revealed the following:

The levels of various blood parameters for organ toxicity after Neem treatment at the doses mentioned above remained more or less close to the normal values suggesting no significant adverse effects. Neem bark extract thus has therapeutic potential for controlling gastric hypersecretion and gastroesophageal and gastroduodenal ulcers.

Meaning that Neem doesn’t harm the body, and will likely help reduce the painful symptoms of ulcers.

Another study conducted at the King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Chennai in December 2012, found that the Siddha Neem preparation brought down symptoms and sped up the recovery of patients affected by dengue [fever].

And to be fair, there are countless other studies that show how effective Neem is.

Visit this site, and you’ll see a collection of these studies under section 9.

All of this to say that Neem is a supplement that should be widely considered by anyone who wants to pursue a more natural means of healing.

It doesn’t have the backing of millions of dollars of research.

And I believe that’s OK.

And that’s because it does have a long and rich history of being used for great health by one of the most storied and most intuitive communities in the world.

And, at the end of the day, while I believe Neem is incredibly powerful, one thing it isn’t is harmful.

If you’re looking to solve some common health problems and don’t want to pursue the conventional route, might I suggest Neem to help do the trick?

In the meantime…

Be well,

Dr. Wiggy