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Neem tree cures skin infections

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th May 2005 03:00 AM

YOU may be disappointed with that ringworm that doesn’t go away. You are clean and don’t share clothes, but ringworm appears around your cheek and resists treatment!

YOU may be disappointed with that ringworm that doesn’t go away. You are clean and don’t share clothes, but ringworm appears around your cheek and resists treatment!

By Gladys Nanteza

YOU may be disappointed with that ringworm that doesn’t go away. You are clean and don’t share clothes, but ringworm appears around your cheek and resists treatment!

Dr John Barugahare, a pharmacologist at the Mulago Hospital, says there are various reasons why infections recur.
“Diseases like diabetes provide suitable conditions for fungal growth on the skin.

Their high sugar content and a low immune system lead to recurrent fungal infections,” Barugahare says.

He also says ringworm may persist on a sweaty body even when the patient gets the right treatment.

If a patient’s condition doesn’t improve, they are advised to change drugs.
However, ringworm may not persist if natural medicine is used. According to Action for Natural Medicine sources, the neem tree is anti-biotic, anti-diabetic, anti-allergic and anti-viral.
Neem oil is lethal against fungal infections.

Preparation
Pound the dried kernels, add a little water to make a paste from which oil will ooze after kneading.

Rub onto an affected area to treat scabies, scrofula, ringworm and psoriasis (rough scaly skin). The oil also treats athlete’s foot, warts (nsundo) and chicken pox.
According to Dr Hans Martin Hirt and Bindanda M’pia, neem prevents virus from spreading.

Application
According to Natural Medicine in the Tropics, neem oil is mixed with castor or any vegetable oil in a ratio of 1:9 to treat candida on the skin.

Alternatively, boil neem leaves in water for 15 minutes and use them on ringworm, eczema and psoriasis twice a day.

Scabies can also be treated by pounding the leaves, which are then mixed with a little water and rubbed onto the affected area.

Bathing with hot water in which neem leaves have been soaked also cures skin infections.

It is recommended that such water be bathed once in a while, especially for children who are prone to skin infections.

However, Barugahare warns against using natural medicine together with modern drugs.

Neem tree cures skin infections

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