About the Book
In India—where it has been used for more than 4,000 vears—the neem tree has such a variety of medical appli- cations that it is sometimes referred to as the village pharmacy. Now modern research is proving what has long been known by Avurvedic medicine practitioners: neem is one of the most ettective plant medicines in the world. An extremely powerful blood purifying agent and detoxicant, neem is also effective in the treatment of fever, malaria, skin diseases, dental problems, diabetes, tumors, arthritis, and jaundice. It has gained particular attention from scientists seeking a cure for AIDS, not only for its antiviral properties, but also because it boosts the immune system on all levels without destroving beneficial bacteria, unlike synthetic antibiotics.
In addition to its numerous uses as a healing agent, neem has been receiving much attention for the ecological benefits it pro- vides. For centuries Indians have been mixing neem leaves with stored grains to prevent insect infestation. But neem is not simply a natural alternative to pesticides; increasingly it is being used to reverse desertification and to reduce erosion and detorestation, making it an important weapon in the fight against global warming. Neem's many practical applications make it of enormous interest to anvone concerned about health and ecology. Included are recipes and practical tips that let vou enjoy the many benefits of this miraculous plant.
Ellen Norten is a journalist who has written tor both television and the news media. She lives in Germany. oe.
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