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Albizzia (Albizzia lebbeck)

What is Albizzia?

Albizzia is a tree in the pea family of plants (Leguminosae).

The main use of albizzia in the western world is for seasonal allergies, asthma, and upper respiratory tract infections.

This herb has the rare ability to inhibit degranulation of the mast cells — which are large immune cells that burst open during allergic reactions to release histamine and other inflammatory compounds.

Albizzia doesn’t work the same way pharmaceutical antihistamines work and is only reliable if taken before the allergic reaction.

However, when taken in a timely manner, albizzia is one of the best anti-allergy herbs currently available.

Some of the more traditional uses for the herb are for supporting diabetes, heart disease, and as a birth control agent (not effective for this).

Common Names For Albizzia?

  • Albizia
  • Albizzia
  • Sharisha (Sanskrit)

Herbal Actions of Albizzia

  • Anti-spermatogenic
  • Antiallergic
  • Antidiabetic
  • Antihistamine
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antitussive
  • Hypocholesterolemic

Albizzia in Medical Research

1. Yadav et al., (2010), Evaluation of Anti-tussive activity of Shirishavaleha –An Ayurvedic Herbal Compound Formulation in Sulphur Dioxide induced Cough in mice

2. Paramanic et al., (2005), Anti-inflammatory activities of methanol extract of Albizia lebbeck bark.

3. Kumar et al., (2014) Antidiabetic, renal/hepatic/pancreas/cardiac protective and antioxidant potential of methanol/dichloromethane extract of Albizzia Lebbeck Benth.

4. Tripathi & Shukla. (1979) Effect of histamine and Albizzia lebbek Benth. on guinea pig adrenal glands.

5. Gupta et al., (2004) Antifertility effects of methanolic pod extract of Albizia lebbeck Benth.

6. Resmi. (2006) Antioxidant activity of albizia lebbeck in alloxan diabetic rats.

7. Kasture & Pal. (1996) Anticonvulsant activity of Albizzia lebbeck leaves.

8. Kumar et al., (2011) Antidiabetic activity of methanolic bark extract of Albizia odoratissima Benth.

9. Yadav et al., (2011), Pharmacognostical Screening and Phytochemical Evaluation of Albizia lebbeck Benth.

10. Kumar et al., (2010), Clinical efficacy of Albizia lebbeck stem bark decoction on Bronchial asthma.

11. Tripathi et al., (1979) Studies on the mechanism of action of Albizzia lebbeck, an Indian indigenous drug used in the treatment of atopic allergy.

12. Ahmed et al., (2013) Hypoglycaemic activity of bark extracts of Albizia lebbeck Benth. in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats.

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