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Information about the herb Albizia

Albizia lebbeck, also known as Pit Shirish Shirisha is part of the Leguminosae family. Albizia originates from India.

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Albizia (Albizia lebbeck)

General Information

Botanical Name: Albizia lebbeck

Common Name: Pit Shirish Shirisha (Sanskrit)

Plant Family: Leguminosae (Mimosa subgroup)

History: Used as an Ayurvedic Herb in India. Albizia has a long history of use in Ayurvedic herbal medicine for the treatment of allergic disorders.

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Plant Constituents of Albizia

Contains:

  • cardiac glycosides
  • flavonoids
  • saponins
  • tannins

Action:

  • anti-allergic [anti-allergic activity thought to be provoked through an effect on the adrenals]
  • anti-fungal [an agent that destroys fungal conditions]
  • anti-inflammatory [an agent to ease inflammation]
  • anti-microbial [an agent that destroys microbes]
  • cardio-tonic [an agent that stimulates or otherwise affects the heart]
  • hypo-cholesterolemic [agent to lower blood cholesterol levels]

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Usage of Albizia lebbeck

Medicinal Part used: Stem Bark

Albizia is commonly used for:

Allergic Conditions

  • reduces the release of histamines through a stabilizing effect on mast cells
  • mildly suppresses activity of T-lymphocytes reducing the level of allergy-inducing antibodies

Blood Conditions

  • high blood cholesterol

Respiratory Tract Conditions

  • asthma
  • allergic rhinitis (commonly called hay fever) is an inflammation or irritation of the mucous membranes that line the nose.

Skin Conditions

  • eczema (internal and external)
  • urticaria (nettle rash)

Albizia does not contain alkaloids.

Dosage:

Recommended dosage is as follows:

  • 3-6mL/day 1:2 fluid extract (higher doses by decoction)

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Precautions

Drug Interactions:

Do not use Albizia without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following medications:

  • None noted

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Products

Global Herbal Supplies has Albizia available in the following forms:


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