Neem in the News, October 2018
The initial plan with Neem in the News was to pick an article, “translate” it and post it monthly. That hasn’t worked out as well as we hoped – primarily because so much of the basic research on neem has been done that now they’re focusing on topics that are far beyond our skillset to translate effectively, except perhaps reporting on their concluding statement.
That’s the case this month with a report on a skin condition called scleroderma, another on relaxing gastric spasms and a third on how neem impacts earthworms compared to other insecticides used on animals.
The scleroderma article, published in the journal Inflammopharmacology, was the most surprising. Scleroderma, like psoriasis, is an auto-immune disease that causes severe skin problems. Since neem is an immune-system booster, it’s typically not recommended for auto-immune diseases. This study, conducted on mice treated with an agent that causes scleroderma, showed that mice that also received nimbolide, a compound found in neem, had lower levels of both inflammation and fibrotic tissue. *
The article on gastric spasms, published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, looked at neem flower extract in rats, concluding that it has a significant inhibition on tissue contractions caused by multiple compounds. *
The third article looks at neem’s impact on earthworms – one of the most common questions we hear. It compared neem extract, neem cake and fipronil, a broad-spectrum insecticide used in products ranging from topical flea treatments to termite prevention.
Published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, the report shows that fipronil decreased the number of juvenile earthworms and adult enchytraeidae (a species similar to earthworms but smaller). Neem extract and oil did not harm earthworms or enchytraeidae but did decrease the number of springtails. It concluded that manures from animals treated with neem could be applied to soil in a sustainable way.
Statements made in this report are based on published research available online at the National Institutes of Health website, www.pubmed.com. Neem Tree Farms does not sell products which are intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or control any disease, nor do we sell products which are intended to repel insects except as specifically labeled.