Albizia (Albizzia lebbeck)

Albizzia lebbeck

Albizzia Overview:

Albizzia is a great herb for seasonal allergies and upper respiratory tract infections. The mechanism of action is on the mast cells directly, thus inhibiting the histamine release responsible for the symptoms of allergies. In order for this to be most effective, albizzia must be taken prior to exposure to the allergen.

Further uses of albizzia is towards diabetes through its protective effect on the islet of langerhans in the pancrease. These are the cells responsible for secreting insulin to the body.

+ Indications

  • Allergic asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Male Infertility

+ Contraindications

None reported.

Main Herbal Actions:

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

Main Uses:

Seasonal allergies and histamine related illness.

 

Weekly Dose

Part Used

  • Inner Bark

Family Name

  • Leguminoseae

Distribution

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Constituents of Interest

  • Melanoxetin
  • Lebbecacidin
  • macrocylic alkaloids

Common Names

  • Albizia
  • Albizzia
  • Sharisha (Sanskrit)

CYP450

  • Unknown

Pregnancy

  • Unknown

Duration of Use

  • Suitable for long term use.

Botanical Info:

Albizzia trees can be found the world over. It is contained in the Leguminoseae family, which acounts for all the legumes including soy and peas. Nearly every continent except Antarctica has its own species of Albizzia.

 

Research Overview:

Level Of Research:

Still compiling research.

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Clinical Applications Of Albizia:

The stem bark of albizzia is used as a strong decoction or liquid extract to treat a wide range of respiratory-related conditions. The most effective use of albizzia towards allergies is achieved by treating before exposure to the allergen.

 

Cautions:

None known.

 

Recommended Products Containing Albizzia:

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Albizzia Extract

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Albizia Complex

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made from Albizia lebbeck, Tanacetum vulgare, and Scutellaria baicalensis

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