The Neem tree grows prolifically throughout South Asia, especially most commonly in Pakistan.

It is a familiar fact that the origin of all medical practices is based on love, compassion, and care for a fellow human being.

Undoubtedly, Pakistan is home to many rich, traditional systems of medicine.

Ayurvedic methods date back to 5000 B.C. Along with the Unani, Siddha, and Tibetan systems, they remain an important source of everyday health and livelihood for millions of people.

And it is here in South Asia that there are more than 8,000 plant species known for medicinal uses.

But it is Neem tree that is also mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts – and its uses are so varied that this tree is called the “Village Pharmacy” of South Asia.

Neem has been widely valued for over 4000 years as a medicine in South Asia. In Persian, the Neem tree is referred to as “Azad Darakht-i-Hind”, which translates into “the free tree of Hindustan (Indo – Pak Subcontinent)”.

My main concern is to tell you about the life of the Neem trees in Pakistan. It is a common sight all over Pakistan that a large Neem tree usually stands in the center of each village and provides shade and cool underneath its branches.

In villages, there are many beneficial uses of the Neem tree and it is considered as part of life for centuries.

The villagers also used the twigs of the Neem tree as a natural toothbrush. As I have seen in my childhood that villagers liked to peel off the bark of the twig and then chew it so that it appears like a soft brush, which then they used to rub around the gums and teeth.

I will end this note by sharing some lines from an old Urdu ┬áproverb in praise of Neem’s medicinal virtues and it is

“The land where the neem tree abound,
Can death, disease there be found?”

Thank you for reading.

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