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Recent research suggests that Neem oil extract has the capacity to be anti-bacterial and anti-microbial when applied topically and ingested. (6, 8, 9)
Researchers have used extracts of the seeds topically and internally to protect against the “duck plaque virus” and the bark to combat the herpes simplex virus (type-1). The anti-oxidant polysaccharides of Neem have also been shown to act in an antiviral capacity against the poliovirus and when water extracted against the anti-bovine herpes virus. (10, 11, 12, 13)
Sexually transmitted disease
A few researchers have also considered Neem’s efficacy in treating sexually transmitted diseases, suggesting that it is among 16 medicinal plants that may be able to help combat “Neisseria gonorrhoeae" a bacteria responsible for the spread of sexually transmitted gonorrhoea. (14)
Researchers have also found the Neem has the ability to act as an anti-inflammatory by decreasing the amount of pro-inflammatory cytokines. (15)
It has also been researched that the antioxidant and protective effects of the Neem leaf, may help reduce the oxidative damage to DNA and red blood cells caused by hydrogen peroxide. (16)
Research has found that Neem may have the potential to cause apoptosis of Breast cancer and pancreatic cancer cells. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 20)
Where another study suggested that Neem may infect inhibit the growth of tumour cells in prostate cancer. (21)
Neem has also been shown to have a remarkable effect on chronic skin conditions such as; acne, psoriasis, eczema, ringworm and even stubborn warts, which can clear up easily when Organic Neem oil is used. Neem oil and leaves has been used in Siddha medicine for the treatment of skin diseases. (7, 22)
Anti-snake venom activity
Studies have also identified an anti-snake venom compound in Neem leaves called phospholipase A2 (PLA2) (AIPLAI). (23)
Neem is generally accepted in the Ayurvedic medical tradition as a therapy for ulcers and other types of gastric discomfort. Neem promotes a healthy digestive system by protecting the stomach, aiding in elimination and removing toxins and harmful bacteria. Researchers studied Neem bark extract for its ability to be gastroprotective. (24)
Historically, Neem has been used to rid the body of all forms of parasites, quickly killing both external and internal parasites, it does this due to having hormone mimicking effects that interfere with the life cycle of parasites, inhibiting their ability to feed and preventing the eggs from hatching.
Researchers studied the efficacy of a single treatment of head lice and also as a deterrent for mosquitos, specifically their larva, with a Neem seed extract. (25, 26)