Medicinal Uses of "Woman's Tongue"

It’s not a typo. It is Albizia Lebbek that I am going to talk about which also has this amusing name, Woman’s Tongue!

Albizia lebbek is native to tropical southern Asia with a variety of names including Siris tree, Woman’s tongue, Saras, Flea Tree, Frywood and Koko. With their huge ripe pods hanging from the foliage they attract attention in their region. Siris contains cardiac glycosides, saponins, flavonoids and tannins giving it a place in traditional medcine.

Medicinal parts used: flowers, fruit, bark, leaves and roots

Siris has many curative properties if taken appropriately. However, it lacks the support of scientific evidence like many precious herbs.

  • A paste from the leaves is used to treat skin problems and to enhance the skin health. The dry leaves are powdered and applied with ghee for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. The pigmentation is also taken of with this treatment.
  • It is good remedy against allergies as it suppresses histamine.
  • It is found to be beneficial in allergic rhinitis, asthma, bronchitis and sinus congestion. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, the respiratory system is benefitted!
  • It (the leaves) can heal insect stings, wounds and bites. It is a known antidote to all types of poisons.
  • Like all skin ailments, when carbuncles or abscesses trouble, Siris can aid.
  • A good carminative that expels gas, it serves as a digestive aid too. All parasitical worms are said to be expelled when Siris is consumed.
  • It is used to treat inflammation and to purify the blood.
  • To treat migraine, the seed powder of albizia lebbeck is inhaled.
  • An aching teeth and gum diseases can find relief with the local application of Siris.
  • Siris leaf tea is taken as a diuretic. Urinary retention, pus and infection is cured.
  • Siris is also a good remedy for depression, anxiety, poor memory, insomnia and irritability.


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