Kvj. Ganpati Singh Verma dedicated his whole life for the cause of human welfare through his field of specialisation. His works were designed to bring man closer to the nature in the era of science & technology. He devoted his youth in gathering information on the Indian system of Medicine both from the ancient texts and the holymen (saints) who practised it to combat the diseases prevedent among the masses. He observed the sole reason for gradual decline of people’s faith in Indian system of Medicine as not the influence of long period of British rule in India alone but the inability of the people to understand the contents of the text books on the subject He, therefore, concentrated all his efforts in bridging this gap by writing the literature in non-technical but comprehensive language.
Whereas he never under - rated the teachings of ancient texts or prescribed pharmacoepial medicines therein but, for fear of the modern vaidyas inabilities in working out the adequate combinations thereof, he stressed on experimenting the trusted and time-tested formulations of Saints for overcoming the evils of disease. Prior to his efforts, these formulations used to remain confined to them alone and vanished with their joining the
majority. His contribution in gathering, preserving and
finally presenting to general public made him a unique
personality who lived for the cause of humanity with
nationalistic feelings. His work have opened doors for
further research in the field of Ayurveda.
His youthful spirit made him join the lndian National
Congress in 1930 and flow with the main stream of
stuggle for independence. Born in Chautala-District Sirsa
(Haryana) Ganpati Singh belonged to an agriculturists
family. He was one of the few mentors of Devi La!, Chief
Minister, Haryana, who inculcated in him the feeling to
struggle for the cause of millions He himself, however,
quit politics totally when he noticed gradual downfall in
political values after independence and focussed all his
energy to the cause of Ayurveda. He was awarded the
honour of ‘PRANACHARYA’ by the lndra Prasthiya
Vaidya Sabha, Delhi, in 1965.
In recognition of his services in his field and as a gesture of goodwill and regard, the Govt. of Haryana
honourd him as Advisor (Ayurveda) to the Chief Minister,
Haryana, during 1977-79. He was also designated as
Chairman Ayurveda Development Board, Haryana, during
that period, The noble soul, after serving the humanity
left for its heavenly abode on 29th April, 1983.
I feel pleasure in placing the first publication of the “House-hold Remedies Series” started by Rasayan Pharmacy. New Delhi’ in the hands of the readers. Occasions may arise in life when proper medical aid may not be in one’s reach. Besides, it is not possible for every one to approach to a qualified medical man for all of his minor and major troubles. In view of the poor financial conditions prevailing in our country. the importance and necessity of “Household Remedies Series” is very obvious. Further publications of this series will follow one after the other shortly.
Neem is perhaps the commonest tree found all over India. At the same time it has been used most extensively throughout the length and breadth of our country for treatment of common ailments as a household-remedy since the time of yore.
People of different places use it for different diseases in different forms and methods. As far as possible I have collected all such information along with other facts available from ancient as well as modern authorative medical literature. The experiences of Sadhus and Mahatmas, who worked miracles with Neem on certain occasions, have also been included. The field of application of the Neem as a theraputical measure has thus definitely become more vast than ever before because of this publication. Effective treatment of almost all diseases with the neem has been discussed in the book in a most practical way. Style of the book is very simple to make it understandable to a layman. However, there are certain portions which are concerned only with medical men.
I think, so much volume of information regarding a single common tree has not been contained in any book published so tar particularly in the English language. If the study of this book adds something new to the knowledge of the readers regarding the Neem and enables them to derive more benefit from this “Free gift of Nature”, I shall consider my effect successful.
Any further information from the readers regarding the Neem on the basis of their personal experience or any authoritative medical literature will be gratefully accepted and included in the next edition of the book, if worthwhile.
Names of Neem Tree In Different
Sanskrit—Nimb, Niyaman, Netar, Pithumand, Santiktik,
Arisht, Satikt, Sarvatobhadrak, Pitsar, Ravipriya, Shukpriya
etc., Hindi—Neem. Bangali—-Neemgachh. Marathi—Kadu
Nimb. Gujrati—Leemdo Telgu—Veya. Malayalam—Veppu.
English—Indian Lilac, Neem tree, Margosa tree. Latin— Azadirachta Indian or Melia Azadirachta. German—Indischer
Zedrach French—Azadiraed’ Inde, Margousier. Burmese— Tamabin. Malay—Dawoon Nambu, Baypay.
Varieties of Neem Tree:
These are three—(1) Nimb (2) Sweet Nimb (3) Mahanimb or Bakayan.
All of these varieties belong to one and the same family. Yet every one of these has got its own peculiar properties. Here I propose to describe at length mainly the common neem tree and its qualities.
Neem tree is commonly found in every province of India and the residents there need no more reference than mention its name in the language of that province to recognise it. It is a dense shady tree 30 to 36 feet high. Every art of it, i.e. flowers, fruits, leaves, bark and fibres have their utility which will be referred to at suitable places in the book.
Its Pharmacology According To
It is easily digestible, cooling, bitter and pungent in
taste. a bit constipative and indigestive, hastens suppuration,
destroys worms and relieves vomiting and ulcers in children. It also suppresses swelling, excessive biliousness wind toxaemia thirst distaste for food and cures leprosy, cough,
fevers, blood-impurities and defects of semen and the reproductory system.
Green Leaves—Constipative and thus causing production and accumulation of wind, removes epistaxis, eye troubles and leprosy.
Leaves—are advantageous for all typos of eye troubles, intestinal worms, biliousness, toxic manifestations, distaste for food and leprosy but create wind.
Old Leaves—generally relieve and heal up boils and
Flowers—are suppressive of bile (pitta) and wipeout intestinal worms and phlegm.
Delicate twigs—remove cough, asthma, piles, excess of wind in the abdomen, worms and spermatorrhoea.
Unripe fruits—bitter and pungent in taste, a mild irritant while under-going metabolism, viscid, light and productive of heat in the system, fight out flatus accumulation, piles, intestinal worms and urinary troubles in general.
Ripe Neem Fruits—taste sweetishly bitter, relieve epistaxis, phlegm, eye troubles, wounds and consumption. Taken orally, they show soothing effect upon the system. The kernal of neem fruits relieves leprosy and intestinal worms.
All the five parts (leaves, fruits, bark, resin and root) are taken as a whole.
Neem tree ractifies blood impurities (scabies, itch and ulcers etc.,) abnormal production of bile, eye troubles burning sensation and leprosy.
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