The Sirish tree (Albizia lebbeck), also called flea tree, Siris, Vegiai, Vaga, and Koko tree is an important medicinal tree in Ayurveda. It is a tall tree that can grow up to 60 feet in height. Albizia lebbeck is characterized by yellowish-white flowers and flat, long pods. It is found extensively in India, south-east Asia, and northern Australia. It can be commonly seen on roadsides in southern India. The fascinating health benefits of Albizia lebbeck has made it one of the important herbs in the Ayurvedic system.
Albizia lebbeck in Ayurveda
The bark, seeds, leaves, and fruits of Albizia lebbeck are used in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties. According to Ayurveda, Albizia lebbeck balances all the three doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It has an astringent taste and a slightly hot potency. The main chemical components of Albizia lebbeck include D-catechin, betulinic acid, lebbakanin A-C, leucocyanidin, melacacinidin, and beta-sitosterol. It also has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-poison, and anti-asthmatic properties. Here are a few fascinating health benefits of Albizia lebbeck in Ayurveda.
Health benefits of Albizia lebbeck
Albizia lebbeck for animal bites
One of the important health benefits of Albizia lebbeck is its ability to treat poisonous animal bites. It is a very effective anti-dote for a large number of venoms including animal venom and plant venom.
Albizia lebbeck for skin diseases
Albizia lebbeck is loaded with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The paste prepared from the leaves of this plant can be applied externally on the skin in case of wounds and other skin diseases. It helps improve skin complexion and detoxifies the skin.
Albizia lebbeck for blood disorders
Albizia lebbeck has been used as a potent blood purifier in Ayurveda for decades. The powder of the seeds of Albizia lebbeck is used for treating blood disorders and other blood-related health conditions.
Albizia lebbeck for breathing problems
Albizia lebbeck is a Swasahara in Ayurveda. Since it pacifies all three doshas, Albizia lebbeck is used in the treatment of all kinds of breathing problems. It provides relief from cough, cold, and chest congestions.
Albizia lebbeck for sexual health
The seed powder of Albizia lebbeck along with milk acts as a powerful aphrodisiac. It boosts sexual desire in men and improves the quality and quantity of sperms.
Although Albizia lebbeck is loaded with numerous medicinal qualities, the fascinating health benefits of Kakrasingi are not known to many people. So, it is time that we celebrate this under-rated Ayurvedic herb and use it to its full potential.
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