Neem has been highly successful against harmful fungi, parasites, & viruses. Although it can destroy these, it does not kill off beneficial intestinal flora nor produce adverse side effects.
Neem is toxic to several that attack humans, including the causes of athlete’s foot & ringworm, & candida, which causes yeast infections & thrush. In fact, Neem extracts are some of the most powerful antifungal plant that is used for these conditions. The compounds Gedunin & Nimbidol, found in the trees leaves, control the fungi listed above.
Early Ayurveda practitioners believed high sugar levels in the body caused skin disease. Neem bitter quality was considered to counteract the sweetness. Indians historically bathed in Neem leaves steeped in hot water. This is still considered a common procedure for curing skin ailments or allergic reactions
One of Neem's strongest advantages is its effect upon the skin in general.
It has been most helpful in treating a variety of skin problems & diseases including psoriasis, eczema, & other persistent conditions. According to a report from the National Research Council's Ad Hoc Panel of the board on Science Technology for International Development, Neem preparations from the leaves or oils can be used as general antiseptics, because Neem contains antibacterial properties, it is highly effective in treating epidermal conditions such as acne, psoriasis, & eczema.
It is also used for treating septic sores, infected burns, scrofula, indolent ulcers & ringworm. Stubborn warts can be cleared up when a high quality Neem product is used.
Unlike synthetic chemicals that often produce side effects such as rashes, allergic reactions or redness, Neem doesn't seem to create any of these results.
Psoriasis is successfully treated with Neem oil. The oil moisturises & protects the skin while healing the legions, scaling & irritations.
Experiments have shown that patients with psoriasis, who have taken Neem leaf orally, combined with topical treatment with Neem extracts & Neem seed oil, achieve results at least as positive as those who use coal tar & cortisone, the more traditional treatments. Coal tar products are messy & smelly, & cortisone can thin the skin when used repeatedly. Neem has neither side effect. It can be used for extended periods of time without any side effects, is easy to apply, & is relatively inexpensive.