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Shirisha: Albizzia lebbeck

Useful in management of all toxicities and it is said to be an ideal antidote
Helps in managing painful conditions
Useful in inflammatory skin diseases especially of Herpes type
Useful in managing respiratory discomfort and cough
Improves complexion of the skin

Common Name:
Albizia or The woman's tongue tree

Sanskrit Name:

  • Shirisha- Means sacred or delicate flower; it points towards holiness and delicacy. It is considered so sacred that it is told to be the best among the plants useful in toxicities.
  • Shukapriya- It is the favorite food of parrot

Lt. Name:
Albizzia lebbeck- Leguminosae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Kashaya (Astringent); Tikta (Bitter); Madhura (Sweet)
  • Guna (Characteristics)- Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Rough); Teekshna (Acute in action)
  • Veerya (Potency)- Ishda Ushna (A little bit warm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Katu (Pungent)

Chemical composition of Shirisha:

  • The Shirisha bark yield tannins of condensed type, viz, D-catechin, isoners of leucocyanidin and melacacidin and a new leucoantho-cyanidin, lebbecacidin. It also gives friedelin and b-sittosterol.
  • Shirisha seeds gave crude protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, niacin and ascorbic acid, amino acid, composition of the protein is: arginine, histidine, leucine, and isoleucine lysine. Methionine etc.
  • The Shirisha flowers contain lupeol, a & b- amyrin and a pigment similar to crocetin.

Effect of  Shirisha on Tridoshas:
Shirisha pacifies all the three Doshas, i.e. it is useful in management of diseases involving either of the three Doshas or all the three Doshas.

Therapeutic Uses of Shirisha in Ayurveda:

  • Vishaghna- Shirisha is useful in management of all toxicities and it is said to be an ideal antidote
  • Vedana sthapana- Shirisha helps in managing painful conditions
  • Shiro virechana- Shirisha is useful in therapeutic cleansing of the region above the clavicle; given through nasal route
  • Visarpaghna- Shirisha is useful in inflammatory skin diseases especially of Herpes type
  • Shwas kasahara- Shirisha is useful in managing respiratory discomfort and cough
  • Varnya- Shirisha improves complexion of the skin

Buy Shirisha

Shirisha Powder 2 oz

Shirisha Powder 4 oz

Shirisha Powder 1/2 Lb

Shirisha Powder 1 Lb

Shirisha Capsules 60capsules

Medicinal value of Shirisha:

Methanolic extract of Albizzia lebbeck bark when administered orally at the dose level of 100 mg/rat/day to male rats of proven fertility for 60 days did not cause any significant loss in their body weights but the weights of reproductive organs, i.e. testis, epididymides, seminal vesicle and ventral prostate were decreased in a significant manner when compared to controls.Sperm motility as well as sperm density were reduced significantly which resulted in reduction of male fertility by 100%. Marked decline in the germ cell population was noticed. It shows its significant contraceptive use.

Useful part of Shirisha:
Bark; Seeds; Leaves; Flowers

Doses of Shirisha:
Powder- 3-6 gm; Decoction- 50-100 ml

Some combinations with Shirisha:
Shirisharishta; Maha shirisha agada 

Some important notes about Shirisha:

  • Shirisha is the best plant amongst all those useful in management of toxicities.
  • In snake bite Nasya (Giving medicine through nasal route) and Anjana (A medicated eye cleanse) of white pepper treated with juice of Shirisha flowers for one week is of great use.

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