Shirish (Albizzia lebbeck)

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Shirish

Shirish is a native tree of Indomalaya, New Guinea and Northern Australia which is widely naturalized or cultivated in other tropical and sub-tropical regions. The tree grows very big and can be easily spotted on the road sides in Southern India. It is one of the important anti-poisoning herb used in treating snake bite poisoning.

Shirish is light to digest, dry, piercing, bitter, astringent, sweet, pungent and has slightly hot potency. Bark, seeds, leaves and flowers of Shirish are used for medicinal purposes.

It is known to balance vata and Pitta disorders.

Medicinal Uses of Shirish:

  • The flower of Shirish is squeezed and juice is extracted which is mixed with black pepper and sugar. This decoction is used for nasal instillation and as an oral medication in snake bites.
  • Used in treating asthma, cough, chronic cold, flu, allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and allergies.
  • Helps to balance the tridoshas in the body.
  • The leaves of Shirish have anti-tubercular, astringent and anti-histaminic actions.
  • It acts as a natural anti-toxin which neutralizes the poison.
  • Used in treating skin diseases, eczema, urticaria and eosinophilia.
  • The herb has anti-fungal, anti-protozoal and anti-microbial properties.
  • Used in treating boils, itching and other skin diseases.
  • The herb is used in relieving worm infestations.
  • Used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, headaches and hemicranias.
  • The herb is known to increase libido and sexual stamina in men.
  • Used in treating urinary retention, balance cholesterol levels and cure throat problems.
  • A very good cardiac tonic which metabolizes the blood flow.
  • Used to strengthen teeth, heal gingivitis, and bad breath problems.
  • Helps to treat abdominal ulcers, leprosy and pectoral problems.
  • Also used in treating eye infections and redness of cornea.
  • Very useful in treating backache and spondylosis.
  • Relives herpes and other skin infections.