The neem tree (Azadirachta indica), which grows in India and surrounding areas, has been called “Arishtha” Sanskrit for “reliever of sickness.” Virtually every part of the tree is beneficial for healing and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. In 1992, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences published a book entitled, “Neem – a tree for solving global problems.” The extract has been used to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Nimbidim, a major constituent of neem extract, has been shown to reduce inflammation in rats. A study at the Department of Pharmacology at Rajshahi Medical College in Bangladesh, researchers found that neem extract has a significant impact on inflammation, but less than popular steroid, dexamethasone.
Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, nimbidim has been shown to reverse signs of arthritis in rats. Research published in the 2004 issue of Phytotherapy Research found that nimbidim can help treat diseases due to inflammation.