Albizia (Albizia lebbeck, also known as Shirisha or Women's Tongue Tree)
Albizia is a tree in the legume family that lives in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Common names for this tree are the Siris Tree, Shirisha or Women's Tongue tree. In some areas, this tree is considered invasive. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for allergies. The active constituents in the herb are saponins, triterpenoids and polyphenols. Studies are currently underway to discover more about this herb.
Key Medicinal Uses
Internally Albizia powder binds digested material and helps the intestines absorb water. It purifies the blood. It is useful in allergy-caused respiratory disorders. It can be given as a nasal infusion and controls the release of histamines and mildly lowers the activity of T-lymphocytes to reduce the level of allergy antibodies. Early sensitization to allergens were inhibited in recent studies. Albizia depressed the levels of allergy-inducing antibodies. There were no effects on the adrenal glands.
It can also be used for high cholesterol levels. Other conditions where this herb can be used include asthma and hay fever. Studies on the herb's use for asthma showed good response when the asthma was of recent onset. Older cases did not respond in a predictable manner. Albizia can cause infertility in males. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used for asthma, leprosy, bronchitis, paralysis and worm infestation.
Externally Albizia can improve the texture of the skin. It can also reduce inflammation and pain such as occurs with eczema and nettle rash. Insect bites respond well to a paste which can also be applied to injuries and on the gums. In Ayurvedic medicine, this herb is used topically for gum inflammation and eczema.
Other Uses Extensively grown for its timber, the leaves are being considered for livestock fodder in developing countries. The bark is also used in tanning and soap making.
Herbs to Combine/Supplement
It blends blends well with feverfew, ribwort, eyebright and skullcap.
Most Parts The bark, the fruit, the flowers and the leaves are used from the albizia tree to make medicinal remedies. Most are taken orally for the most benefit.
There are no known drug interactions with this herb, and it is considered relatively safe. There are no known contraindications, however Overdose can be toxic.
Preparation and Dosage
An extract can be taken in a dose of 3 to 6 ml per day. If you are taking a decoction or infusion, the dose is 3 to 6 grams per day.