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Albizia (Albizia lebbeck, also Albizzia lebbeck) is one of our top-selling herb tinctures at The Wellness Way. There’s a reason for that! Albizia is highly prized by Wellness Way patients, doctors, and health restoration coaches because it’s so effective at helping the body return to a healthy, balanced immune response. Albizia bark can help reduce stress throughout your nervous system, allowing your body to heal. In China, it’s known as the “Happiness Tree”! Here’s what you didn’t know about Albizia and why it’s so great.

What is Albizia Lebbeck?

Albizia Lebbeck is a deciduous tree species in the Fabaceae (legume) family. It grows in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Pakistan. It’s also found in parts of Africa, Northern Australia, South America, and other regions. Locals know it by its feathery foliage with fragrant flowers that look much like pink fireworks! Because of its unique beauty, Albizia is often selected as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. However, it’s also been used for centuries as a medicinal plant in Ayurveda, the traditional medicinal system of India.

A. lebbeck or Siras Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. is known by many other names, depending on the region and language. It’s also called siris and sirisha (or shireesha) in Hindi, Shirish in Bengali, vagei in Tamil, sultanaulasjar in Arabic, and mrdupuspa in Sanskrit. In English, it’s called lebbek tree, flea tree, frywood, woman’s tongue tree, acacia tree, and others.

Albizia is full of chemical constituents with medicinal properties. It has flavonoids, tannins, glycosides, saponins, terpenoids, and more. While all parts of the plant can be used medicinally, the flowers and stem bark are the most often used. Albizia is used as a decoction, tincture, powder, or paste. The Wellness Way uses an ethanol-based tincture, optimizing its levels of healing constituents.

1 – Supports a Normal, Healthy Immune Response

Albizia lebbeck is known to help balance the immune response. A 2000 study investigated the effects of Albizia lebbeck extract on immune-related pathways. The study demonstrated that Albizia lebbeck can have anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory activity, as shown by its ability to reduce histamine responses. The study suggests that Albizia lebbeck could be helpful for conditions involving excessive histamine signaling, like allergies and inflammatory disorders. [1]

According to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Albizia also has anticancer activity. In cell studies, Albizia showed potential against cancer cells in several ways. It may affect the spread of cancer cells, but more research is needed. [2]

2 – An Excellent Herb for Spring, Fall, and All Year Long

In scientific studies, Albizia works well for mast cell stabilization. Mast cells are white blood cells that are part of the immune system and are involved in the body’s response to allergens and infections. Mast cells play a crucial role in the body’s inflammatory response by releasing various substances, including histamine. Histamine and other substances can cause symptoms of inflammation, including itching, swelling, and other allergic symptoms.

A 2010 study investigated the potential therapeutic effects of Albizia on mast cells and histamine release. Albizia polyphenols strongly inhibited mast cell activation and histamine release. These results support the traditional use of Albizia lebbeck in folk medicine. They highlight its potential as a natural remedy for seasonal stressors. [3]

3 – Promotes Healthy Respiratory Function

While scientific research on the specific mechanisms of Albizia lebbeck’s effects on the respiratory system is ongoing, it may support respiratory health in several ways. First, Albizia contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation plays a significant role in respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. By reducing inflammation in the airways, Albizia lebbeck may help alleviate symptoms associated with respiratory disorders. [4]

Albizia may also help those vulnerable to conditions like bronchitis. Albizia lebbeck has been traditionally used as a bronchodilator, meaning it may help dilate the airways and improve airflow in the lungs. This property can also benefit those with conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), where a constricted or obstructed airway impairs breathing. [5]

Albizia lebbeck is traditionally used to help clear respiratory congestion and expel phlegm. By promoting the thinning and expulsion of mucus from the airways, Albizia lebbeck may help relieve symptoms of respiratory congestion and improve breathing. [6]

4 – Supports Healthy Skin

Traditional uses of Albizia include wound healing. Certain compounds in Albizia lebbeck have been shown to promote the production of skin cells and the process of wound closure. This suggests that Albizia lebbeck may support the healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and other skin breaks. Because it aids in recovering damaged skin, it may also support the healing of ulcers and intestinal damage. [7]

Inflammation is a common underlying factor in many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Albizia lebbeck contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help calm inflammation and reduce redness, swelling, and discomfort associated with inflammatory skin conditions. [8]

5 – Provides Antioxidant Activity

A review study published in 2022 investigated the phytochemical composition, antioxidant potential, and antimicrobial properties of seed oil extracted from Albizia lebbeck. The researchers analyzed the oil’s chemical composition and evaluated Albizia’s antioxidant activity using different forms of tests. They also looked at the oil’s antimicrobial activity against various bacteria and fungi. [8]

The results showed that Albizia lebbeck seed oil is rich in phytochemicals like fatty acids, phenolic compounds, and terpenoids, all contributing to its antioxidant effects. Furthermore, the oil demonstrated antimicrobial activity against pathogens like bacteria and fungi. So, it may also work as a natural antimicrobial supplement.

Overall, the study provides valuable information about the phytochemical makeup and biological activities of Albizia, highlighting its potential as a source of antioxidants and natural antimicrobial agents. Albizia has the potential for many uses in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries. In the meantime, we can use it for ourselves!

6 – Supports a Healthy Brain and Nervous System

Some studies suggest that Albizia lebbeck extract has neuroprotective properties, meaning it may help protect nerve cells from damage and degeneration. This could potentially be beneficial in preventing or slowing the progression of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.

Traditional uses of Albizia lebbeck include its use as a natural remedy for anxiety, stress, and depression. Animal models have shown that Albizia lebbeck extract may have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and antidepressant effects, possibly due to its ability to affect neurotransmitter levels in the brain, such as serotonin and GABA. [8]

Albizia Lebbeck vs. Albizia Julibrissin

When looking at Albizia herbal supplements, you’ll see there are different species on the market. The main two used to support health are Albizia Lebbeck and Albizia Julibrissin.

Both Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree) and Albizia lebbeck (Siris tree) have been used in cultures throughout the world for their potential health benefits. However, their reported benefits are not the same. While Albizia lebbeck has known benefits for respiratory health and the immune response, Albizia julibrissin is not known to support these systems.

Albizia julibrissin has a history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its calming properties. This species may help alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety, and occasional insomnia, but it doesn’t have the positive effects on the immune system seen in Albizia lebbeck. If you’re looking to support your immune response and your respiratory system, look to Albizia lebbeck.

Should You Be Concerned About Adverse Effects?

While Albizia lebbeck has been used safely for centuries, there’s limited scientific information regarding adverse effects or toxicity in humans. There are no known side effects of Albizia when taken in moderate amounts, and it’s well-tolerated by most people.

The Wellness Way Loves Albizia!

Albizia isn’t a cure-all. In fact, it’s just one supplement that Wellness Way clinics use to support your body’s ability to heal. We won’t know what’s going on inside unless we test. Albizia cannot compensate for a poor diet or neglect of individual food allergies. So, don’t be sassy about your diet and expect Albizia to make up for poor decisions. Get your food allergies tested and explore other recommended tests to uncover underlying issues. At the Wellness Way, we don’t guess; we test. Contact a Wellness Way clinic today for comprehensive testing and personal guidance.

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

2 Comments

  • Misty says:

    These are amazing. I have seasonal allergies and was wondering how much you take? Would you take daily?

    • Betsy Schroeder says:

      Hi Misty! It’s always best to start with the serving size listed on the back. But beyond that, a Wellness Way doctor or health restoration can provide guidance on how many servings per day could best support you. 🙂

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