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NEEM: The Healing Tree With Ayurveda Origins

by Klaus Ferlow(more info)

listed in herbal medicine, originally published in issue 295 - June 2024


What Makes this Tree Worthy to be Named Tree of the 21st Century?

Human ingenuity has led to wondrous feats, from fire to complex social structures. Man has taken apart and put together everything he could lay his hands on – splitting the atoms, reaching for the moon, mapping the human genome, connecting the world. We are living in an age of unprecedented technology strides.

The challenge before us now is to link the wisdom of our past with current knowledge and technology to find ecologically sound solutions to emerging global issues such as climate change and pollution.


Klaus Ferlow and Nick Miaoulis  Hugging a Neem Tree in Bangalore. Photo taken in Satara, India

Klaus Ferlow & Nick Miaoulis, certified organic Abaco Neem Farm, Bahamas -
hugging a neem tree while attending the Global Neem Trade Fair/WNO-Seminar 2018 in Bangalore,  picture taken in Satara, India.


For thousands of years, humans have sought to fortify their health and cure various ills with herbal remedies. The search for the true panacea, or cure-all, has been undertaken by virtually every civilization. While hundreds of substances have been tried and tested, only one has truly withstood modern science scrutiny. Perhaps no other botanical better meets the true definition of a panacea then the neem tree, botanical name (Azadirachta indica A.Juss) a tropical evergreen belonging to the mahogany family, native to India and Myanmar with a history of 4500 years and is part of the oldest most successful botanical medical system in the world, Ayurveda India with a history of 5000 years, ayus "life" and veda "science", Ayurveda is the science of life. In India it is also called "The Village Pharmacy." Neem is known as sarva roga nivarin or "healer of all ailments." The life of neem is named "Arista" in Sanskrit - meaning perfect, complete and imperishable!

Every part of this fascinating miraculous versatile medicinal tree has been used from ancient to modern times to treat hundreds of maladies and offers better plant, human, animal, and environmental health. While other herbs such as ginseng are better known, comprehensive research has proven that neem has a wider array of uses than any other botanical plant. While it has been always revered in India, recent research has dramatically increased worldwide interest in neem, leading to new herbal products being manufactured and distributed around the Globe!

Two world-renowned scientists, entomologists and neem researchers, Professor Dr Heinrich Schmutterer, Germany and Dr  Ramesh Saxena, India played a major role in the rediscovery of the benefits and healing power of this remarkable tree!

Well-known corporations have jumped the bandwagon and are offering herbal medicinal neem products such as Costco, Colgate, Now Foods, Sundari, New Roots Herbal,  Nature's Way, Wal Mart, Dr Hauschka, Germany, Avon, United Kingdom. A. Vogel, Switzerland,  Shiseido, Japan. Furthermore, you will find a huge number of companies manufacturing/distributing of herbal neem products on the internet (Amazon & Alibaba). A worldwide NEEM WAVE has taken place and more companies will follow!

The first recorded use of neem was several thousand years ago, as ancient Indian cultures used it as an integral part of dozens of health and beauty aids. Medicinal attributes of neem were extolled in the oldest Sanskrit writings. No wonder the Nation Nations declared the neem tree to be "The tree of the 21st century."


Klaus Ferlow in front of his house in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada

Klaus Ferlow in front of his house in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada


It is only in recent years that the rest of the world has shown interest in neem's versatility and potential. International scientific research has explored Neem's ability to prevent and treat an astonishing number of health disorders, including those not successfully addressed by conventional pharmaceuticals!

Every part of the neem tree -bark, cake, flower, fruit, gum, honey, leaves, pulp, resins, root, seed oil, twigs – has medicinal value. Neem trees help prevent environmental pollution and soil erosion and rehabilitate degraded ecosystems and wastelands. Neem trees are recommended for reforestations, are useful for windbreaks in areas of low rainfall and high-speed wind, protect crops, and can be made into non-toxic pesticides, veterinarian medicine, cosmetics and personal care products.


Klaus Ferlow in the home-based office in Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Klaus Ferlow in the home-based office in Mission, British Columbia, Canada


My own experience with neem has been nothing short of a miracle. I suffered for more than forty years with severe psoriasis on my scalp and elbows. However, when I started using our neem cream, shampoo, conditioner, oil, soap and tincture, I found myself free of psoriasis.

Of all botanical plants that have been proven useful throughout the ages, few have offered as much value and versatility as the neem tree. Ancient Medicine For A Modern World

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This information is only for educational purposes and should not be used as diagnoses, cure and treatment for diseases, please contact your health care provider.


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About Klaus Ferlow

Klaus Ferlow HMH HA Author, Formulator, Lecturer, Researcher, Writer, Core-founding member of the WNO – World Neem Organisation, member of the International Herb Association, Plant Savers, founder of Ferlow Botanicals & NEEM RESEARCH, co-author of the book "7stepstodentalhealth" and author of the  Award winning book "Neem: Nature's Healing Gift to humanity", the third edition and his new book Neem: The Tree that Heals Nations will be released in May 2024. He can be reached at:, ,,


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