Neem as a Treatment for Diabetes
Article by John Conrick, The Miraculous Healing Herb
Diabetes mellitus is a disease suffered by millions of people in the
United States alone. It causes a number of debilitating and
sometimes deadly complications. Blindness, amputations from poor
circulation, heart disease and a number of other problems can result
from diabetes. It is therefore a major concern that we develop
adequate treatments, and eventually a cure.
Diabetes had been treated with herbs and diet until the advent of
modern pharmaceuticals and the ability to chemically produce insulin
in large quantities. Though insulin has been a lifesaver for
insulin-dependent diabetics, the repeated injections are expensive
and painful. The neem tree offers an opportunity to reduce the
number of insulin shots with a safe and proven herb. Neem can also
reduce the need for hypo-glycaemic drugs, and increase their
effectiveness for those with non-insulin dependent diabetes.
Scientific studies show neem leaf and certain extracts of the leaf
and seed oil are effective in reducing insulin requirements.
Different studies show insulin requirement reductions of between 20-
50 % for those who take five grams of dried neem leaf capsules
daily. There are even anecdotal reports of diabetics chewing a
single neem leaf daily that have been able to eliminate hypoglycemic
Based on the many studies of neemís effect on diabetes, the Indian
government approved neem-based tablets for sale by a pharmaceutical
company as a treatment for diabetes. One study of the product
published in The Journal of General Medicine showed the tablets
alone significantly lowered blood glucose levels. Tests were also
performed on the effect of taking the tablets along with standard
hypoglycemic drugs. These tests showed that the neem-based tablets
significantly improved the effectiveness of standard hypoglycemic
drugs when taken together.
Circulation problems are a frequent cause of amputations for
diabetics. Neem leaf extracts cause the blood vessels to dilate,
allowing for increased circulation to the extremities.
In one personal experience, a friendís diabetic brother was about to
lose a foot because of poor circulation. After taking
three times a day and wrapping his foot in a poultice of
neem leaves for several days, the circulation returned to his foot
and the amputation was cancelled.
There is no consensus as to the mechanism of the results observed.
Some researchers believe it can work by either reserve insulin being
released or by directing the reduction of blood glucose by metabolic
factors. In either case, neem can be extremely useful in treating
both types of diabetes mellitus.
Disclaimer: As with all medicines and botanicals, consult a health
care professional before using neem. People with any existing
medical condition who are on medication, or under a doctorís care,
should seek medical advice before incorporating neem into their
health care program. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid neem
entirely unless prescribed by their health care provider. The
information in this article is for informational purposes only.
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