Neem (Azadirachta Indica) leaves in the treatment of COVID19/SARS-CoV-2 : A Case Report
These are some of the first known cases of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) patients who recovered quickly and become asymptomatic after taking “Neem” leaves mixed with water as dietary supplement orally along with other standard prescribed line of treatment. The age group of patients in this study varies from 5 to 70 years with 2 children being aged 5 and 13 years , 3 adults were in the 36-40 age group and 1 adult was in the 60-70 age group. All the 6 of them had tested positive and the patients had typical COVID-19 symptoms like cough, bodyache,fever with 4 of them being symptomatic and the other 2 being asymptomatic.After taking Neem leaves mixed with water orally as dietary supplement in equal doses over 2 days, all of them had become asymptomatic and recovered fully clinically.There were 3 other people who took “Neem” leaves as prophylactic medication and tested “negative” ,these people were in close contacts of the 69 yr old patient. Though this is a small case study done with 9 people, this would implore scientists and Governments around the world to look into Neem as an option for inhibiting COVID-19. Also nearly 25+ compounds in Neem leaves has shown high inhibition against COVID-19 Main Protease in the Molecular Docking study which shows compounds in Neem leaves has high inhibition the virus.In addition to that Neem has been extensively used in Indian traditional medicine systems like Ayurvedha and Siddha for many centuries.Different research studies proves that Neem (Azadirachta Indica) is known to possess anti-viral properties and has been found to be effective against different viruses, as well as it is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent and an immunomodulator.The treatment given above correlates with principles of “Jwara Chikitsa” in Ayurveda.