The Ayurvedic literature is replete with references to neem's genuine
effectiveness for a myriad of ailments. In The Yoga of Herbs, Vasant Lad and David Frawley
say, ”Neem is one of the most powerful blood-purifiers and detoxifiers in Ayurvedic
usage. It cools the fever and clears the toxins involved in most inflammatory skin
diseases.” They describe the actions of neem as: antipyretic (fever-reducing),
alliterative (produces gradual beneficial change in body), anthelmintic (dispels parasites),
antiseptic (destroys bacteria), and bitter tonic (strengthens the organism).
Michael Tierra, in his herbal classic 'The Way of Herbs', lists the properties of
astringent (firms tissues and organs) and anti-inflammatory to the previous description.
He says, "An extract of the leaves and bark has powerful antibacterial and antiviral
activity. It is also taken internally to eliminate worms". The leaf extracts and oil
from the seed kernal has been used for centuries by the people of India to maintain
beautiful and healthy skin