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 attention is to tell you about the life of Neem tree in Pakistan. It is a common sight in all over Pakistan that a large Neem tree usually stands in the centre of each village and provides shade and cool underneath its branches. In villages there are many benefit uses of Neem tree and it is considered as part of life for centuries.And a glimpse from my past reminds me that the villagers also used the twigs of Neem tree as a natural toothbrush. As I have seen it in my childhood that villagers liked to peel off the bark of the twig and then chew it so that its appear like a soft brush , which then they used to rub around the gums and teeth.
An in the end, I would like to share some lines in praise of Neem's medicinal virtues, taken from an old traditonal proverb:
"The land where the neem tree abound,
Can death, disease there be found?"