Immunity boosters at home

By Carolyen B. Atangaza

The healing properties of neem are mainly due to some bitter substances, known as triterpenes (limonoids), with azadirachtin as one of the main active ingredients. In addition, neem contains beta-sitosterol, tannins, polysaccharides, flavonoids and essential oil.

An extract obtained from the leaves or bark has both antibacterial and antiviral effect, with little or no toxicity. The extract can be used internally as a treatment for asthma, sore throat, tuberculosis, eczema, jaundice, stomach ulcers, diabetes, arthritis, and rheumatism.

The herb can be used to eliminate unwanted intestinal parasites, and as an anti-fungal agent for candida. In addition, it is sometimes used to treat hepatitis A and B. Studies have shown that the neem oil has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties and that it, at least to some extent, can be used to reduce high fever and lower high blood sugar.

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