Note: The traditional knowledge examples given below are just an indicative/illustrative sample. Herbal practices similar to the ones given below may also have been received from other people from same/ different parts of the country.

Uses from NIF Database
Skin disease

Apply the leaf paste topically - Adesh Kumar Vansal, Delhi


Mix the seed oil with honey and put a few drops in the ear - Ramesh Kumar, East Champaran, Bihar


Take the leaf ash orally along with water- Uttam Singh, Sirohi, Rajasthan

Joint pain

Apply the seed oil and massage on the aching joint- Jagjeet Bahadur, Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh


Pound the leaves of neem, Aloe vera and fenugreek seeds. Soak them in buttermilk and boil. Add cow ghee till it becomes thick like wax. Take a spoonful orally- Amirdaraj Kaani, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

Uses described in Literature

Dried bark is given orally to treat malaria34; whole plant is used to cure various skin disorders35; dried fruit is given orally to get relief from piles1. ‘Neem tooth paste’36, a high quality product, is used to prevent tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Tablet ‘Pilex’11 is used to treat chronic constipation associated with haemorrhoids. More than a hundred patents have been found on its medicinal use such as for dental care37 and in treating haemorrhoids38.