In India — where it has been used for more than 4,000 years — the neem tree has such a variety of medical applications that it is sometimes referred to as the village pharmacy. An extremely powerful blood purifying agent and detoxicant, neem is also effective in the treatment of fever, malaria, skin diseases, dental problems, diabetes, tumors, arthritis and jaundice. In addition to its uses as a healing agent, neem has been receiving much attention for the ecological benefits it provides. For centuries, Indians have been mixing neem leaves with stored grains to prevent insect infestation. But neem is not simply a natural alternative to pesticides; increasingly it is being used to reverse desertification and to reduce erosion and deforestation. Copyright 1996, 2000, softcover, 92 pages.