Latin: Melia azadirachta Linn. (Azadiracta Indica)
Part Used: All
Habitat: This tree grows wild in Iran, the Western Himalayas of India, and is cultivated in other parts of India
Energetics: Bitter/astringent-cold-pungent PKV++
Tissues: Plasma, blood, fat
Systems: Circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary
Action: Root bark—astringent, antiperiodic (prevent recurrence of diseases), tonic Bark—astringent, antiperiodic, bitter, tonic, vermifuge, antiviral Fruit—purgative, emollient, anthelmintic Leaves—discutient, emmenagogue, antiviral, disinfectant Juice—anthelmintic Nut Oil—local stimulant, insecticide, antiseptic Flowers—stimulant, tonic, stomachic.
Uses: Arthritis, blood purifier and detoxifier, convalescence after fever, cough, diabetes, eczema, fever (used with black pepper and gentian), inflammation of muscles and joints, jaundice, leukorrhea, malaria, mucus membrane ulcerations, nausea, obesity, parasites, rheumatism, skin diseases/inflammations, cleanses liver, syphilis, thirst, tissue excess, tumors, vomiting, worms, drowsiness, loss of appetite. Leaves—heal ulcers in urinary passage, emmenagogue, skin diseases. Fruit—skin diseases, bronchitis. Kernel powder —washing hair. Effective as a pesticide.
Precautions: Causes harshness for people on spiritual paths, Not with emaciation.
Preparation: Infusion, decoction, powder, medicated ghee, or oil.