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Neem, scientifically Azadirachta indica, is a plant that has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Its many uses and healing properties make it an indispensable ingredient in many natural remedies. In this article, we take a detailed look at its discovery, its various dosage forms, dosage, health benefits, mode of action and much more.

The discovery of neem

Neem is native to India and other parts of South East Asia and was first discovered over 4,000 years ago. In the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda, it is often mentioned as “Sarva Roga Nivarini”, which translates to “which cures all diseases”. The earliest records date back to the Vedic civilization, when it was used in religious rituals and as a remedy. It still plays a central role in Ayurvedic medicine today.

Dosage forms and dosage

Neem can be taken in various dosage forms:

  • Capsules: capsules are a convenient way to utilize its healing properties.
  • Powder: Powder can be mixed with water, juice or smoothies.
  • Oil: Neem oil is often used topically, but can also be taken in diluted form.
  • Leaves: Fresh or dried leaves can be chewed or brewed as tea.
  • Extracts: Extracts are concentrated forms that are often taken in drop form.


Capsules: 1-2 capsules (500 mg) daily.
Powder: 1 teaspoon (5 g) daily.
Oil: 1-2 drops diluted in water or applied directly to the skin.
Leaves: 2-4 fresh leaves daily or 1 teaspoon of dried leaves as tea.
Extract: 1-2 ml daily.

Health benefits and mode of action

Neem is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal properties. These properties make it a versatile remedy for a variety of diseases:

  • Skin diseases: It helps with acne, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties relieve itching and redness.
  • Gastrointestinal complaints: It can help with stomach ulcers, intestinal parasites and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Diabetes: Studies have shown that it can lower blood sugar levels, making it a valuable aid for diabetics.
  • Immune system: It strengthens the immune system and increases the body’s resistance to infections.
  • Dental and oral care: It is often used in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay.

Neem acts on the body by improving the immune response, promoting detoxification and fighting infections. The bioactive ingredients such as nimbin, nimbidin and azadirachtin play a central role in this.

When and for whom is neem suitable?

It should be taken at the first signs of skin diseases, infections or gastrointestinal complaints. It is also recommended for people with a weakened immune system or for the supportive treatment of diabetes.

Who should not take neem?

Despite the many benefits, there are groups of people who should not take it:

  • Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers: It can induce labor and therefore should not be used during pregnancy.
  • Children: It should only be used in children under medical supervision.
  • People with autoimmune diseases: As it stimulates the immune system, it can be counterproductive in autoimmune diseases.

Food supplements and medicinal plants

To optimize the effect of neem, the following dietary supplements and medicinal plants can also be taken:

  • Turmeric: has an anti-inflammatory effect and enhances the antimicrobial properties.
  • Aloe vera: Supports skin healing and can be used in combination with neem oil for skin diseases.
  • Black cumin oil: Strengthens the immune system and complements the detoxifying properties.

Neem-rich foods

Neem is rarely found as a natural ingredient in food. However, neem products such as neem tea or neem oils can be purchased in specialist shops or online.

Side effects and overdose

Although neem is generally considered safe, side effects can occur in the event of an overdose:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Kidney and liver damage: with long-term overdose.
  • Allergic reactions: Skin rash or breathing difficulties in sensitive individuals.

An overdose can lead to serious damage to health. It is therefore important not to exceed the recommended dosage and to consult a doctor if in doubt.

Use in naturopathy

In Ayurvedic medicine, neem is used in various forms to restore the balance of the doshas (body energies) and promote health. It is also valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the treatment of skin diseases and as a detoxifying agent.


Neem is an extraordinary medicinal plant with a wide range of health benefits. Its wide range of applications and its natural origin make it a valuable component of modern naturopathy. When used correctly, it can effectively support the treatment and prevention of many diseases. However, it is important to follow the dosage recommendations and consult a doctor if necessary in order to avoid possible side effects and achieve the best possible results.

Published on: 16. May 2024


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