How Does Neem Help with Cancer?

June 3rd, 2012 by | Category: Cancer

Its Latin name is Azadirachta indica but it is more popularly known as neem and is found in abundance in India and other Asian nations. Neem has been researched thoroughly and scientists are now cautiously calling it the “wonder plant.” Briefly, neem has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help with mouth or gum diseases and also act against sexually transmitted diseases.

It also has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help in fighting athletes foot and arthritis. Studies conducted in Malaysia, Thailand, and India show that neem helps to boost antioxidant levels and thus protects against liver damage and carcinogens. Neem also helps in the treatment for malaria and diabetes.

All parts of the neem tree can be used such as the fruit, seeds, bark, oil, roots, and leaves. Neem’s cures for many diseases have been described but these have to be independently confirmed by clinical research trials. In vitro and preclinical studies have come up with some spectacular results but a lot more research needs to be carried out before neem can be recommended for human use.

Neem has many active compounds that work together through different mechanisms. This feature highlights its potent effect on cancers. An important mechanism that has been discovered is programmed cell death in which cancer cells are directly killed. This enables a process called cross-priming because the apoptosis allows the body’s immune system cells to start identifying and destroying the cancer cells. Research has shown that neem produces glutathione, which is a carcinogen-detoxyfing enzyme and is one of the antioxidants that neem produces. Chiefly, the research on neem shows that it works effectively in human cell lines and animal models. These include lung, cancer, stomach, skin, prostate, and breast cancer, among others. Studies with neem have thrown up results showing that pre-treatment with it is highly effective as a protection against cancer. While it is efficacious as a stand-alone treatment, research also shows that it increases the positive effects while reducing the side effects of some traditional cancer treatments.

Neem has been used and tested on quite a few cancers. Neem-based creams have been used to treat skin cancer and it has been taken internally also to test its effect on lymphocytic cancer. Indian, Japanese, and European scientist have discovered that the neem bark and seeds and oil contain polysaccharides and liminoids that helped to reduce tumors and were efficacious against lymphocytic leukaemia. Results from another research showed that neem leaf extract prevents cancer cells from sticking to other body cells, which means that cancer cannot spread so easily to other parts of the body and can be more easily destroyed.

Research is still ongoing about the effects of neem and it is still an alternative treatment that can be taken alongside more conventional cancer treatment. Patients with cancer can volunteer for clinical trials to study the results of neem on cancer. But do consult your physician before going in for any kind of alternative treatment that includes neem or other herbs.

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Comment by JoLynn Braley
2007-09-08 14:49:32

This is very interesting, first I’ve heard of it. Can you purchase neem as an herb in health food stores in the U.S. yet?

Comment by S
2011-08-01 22:33:12

Neem oil to be used topically is sold in most Indian grocery stores. They also carry Neem body soap and sometimes creams. And they are very cheap. You get a bottle of neem oil for about US$3.99, or soap for US$1.99. Common Indian grocery store names (depends where you live), are Apna Bazaar, Desi (Desi means Indian) Mart, Patil Brothers, Mayuri Foods etc

Comment by Ramachandran
2009-01-10 02:53:38

This Article is very interesting, you can purchase neem as neen balls, If you need neem balls ,I will send to you.

Comment by t.j.ewuell
2010-04-30 03:19:02

You can purchase neem tablets that will be easier.

Comment by melody agag
2011-09-12 19:43:46


Comment by Marc Kneepkens
2011-10-22 03:28:50

Dear Ramachandran,

I would like to know more about the neem balls. Please let me know which part of the neem tree that they are made from. Also any kind of extra information would be welcome.


Comment by Cakes Downey
2010-07-02 08:15:42

be aware not all neem is equal to another. because of a few reasons. one, various parts of the tree get used; each part will have different concentrations and mixes of active compounds. two, harvest AND extraction techniques vary each independent manufacturer can produce a product (tablet or ball or oil etc) which retain various components. example, if u use a water extraction, it will not allow transferance of the component most often identified with fungal control. and furthermore, some “oils” have gone through a water extraction First and Then been pressed for oil, so those remaining oils will not possess the water soluable components and their corresponding active ingredients.

re the variances that can occur due to Harvest Techniques, it is a well documented fact in agriculture that a plant will possess different properties dependent on season. also, active ingredients can be affected by the way a plant is Stored After harvest: the desired ingredients can decrease by half OR MORE.

if u have studies u are consulting then take note of the Exact form of neem which was used in the study.

Comment by supriyamehra
2011-05-07 12:55:06

neem is so useful its nature gift to us can someone tell me how can i use neem for my mum she is lying for 2 months cant move eat herself broked her spine code dr says she has bone cancer but not sure she got lots of red big balls in back can neem help thankyou

Comment by Leelee
2012-06-26 12:38:55

Look into DMSO for cancer and spinal cord injury. You can buy it online or from veterinary supply stores

Comment by Malang
2011-06-14 13:06:44

When we were kids my Mom would boil neem leaves in water for 15-30mts and then let the water cool down to room temp. After that she’d make us drink the water, which was the worst part of the experience as it was really bitter. Me and my sister were prone to breakouts and according to her it helped us improve our skin and keep breakouts to a minimum. I’ve recently started taking neem leaf capsules along with milk thistle for liver support and I believe it really does help in the detoxification process.

Comment by paulkwiatkowskikasper
2012-03-11 23:06:46

neem is abundant in mexico too… and there is a lady in florida if you google it… selling neem trees…. if you want more info please email me….

Comment by reynaliza
2012-04-18 01:42:42

…good day,can i mixed neem (boiled in water) in milk?

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2012-09-07 13:04:38

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Comment by Mot Rendrag
2012-10-25 19:08:04

I bought neem oil online at ebay. I had oo gelcaps and am experimenting by filling the larger part of cap with oil.
Better with meals. Also make a lip balm paste with crushed aspirin, turmeric and neem oil. Kills keratosis.

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