Azadirachta indica

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Azadirachta indica

 

 

Azadirachta indica A. Juss., the neem tree, Meliaceae, is native to India and Burma.   Venerated as a sacred tree it is grown and protected throughout India, in religious places and as an avenue tree.

Neem, like ginger,  is one of the most important medicinal plants of India.   It has well- established antidiabetic, antimicrobial (particularly antiviral) and insecticidal properties.   The value of the chemical constituents of the neem tree is reflected in the patents applied for in the U.S., which were fought against their sanction, by India.

The tree, with characteristic leaves, comes into profuse flowering in early summer (Azadirachta indica1, Azadirachta indica2).     The root, bark, leaves, flowers and the fruits (Azadirachta indica3),  all have some use or the other as medicine or as a non-mammalian biocide.  

For a detailed account of neem see Appendix 8.