Thursday, July 8, 2010

Herb 101 - Albizia

Albizia got its name from Filipo del Albizi, an 18th century nobleman, who introduced the species for cultivation. It has been used in ayurvedic medicine for many years and is still very popular treatment for asthma, allergy and eczema.

Its leaves and stem bark is used to cure allergic rhinitis, urticaria and asthma in clinical  practice. In vitro and vivo evidence of mast-cell stabilization provide a theoretical basis for its used in allergic condition. Traditionally, a juice made from its leaves has been used internally to treat night blindness. Its bark and seeds have been used to relieve diarrhoea, dysentery and hemorrhoids, most likely because of it astringent activity. The flowers have been used as an emollient to soothe eruptions, swellings, boils and carbuncles.

Dosage should not exceed 3.5 to 8.5 ml per day for liquid in take while for dried herb, limit is 3 to 6 grams per day.

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