SHIRISH – A VISHAGHNA AUSHADH
Pal Satendra*, Tiwari R. C., Dikshit Manisha, Singh Anoop Kumar and Sharma Ved Bhushan
Shirish is a medicinal plant described in various Ayurved samhitas. Botanical name of shirish is Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth & commonly known as Siris, Shiris in Hindi. In English shirish known as Lebbeck Tree. Shirish is widely suggested for removing toxins from the body. hirish (Albizia Lebbeck) is one of the major herbs with a wide spectrum of therapeutic effects besides this, it is stated in the classical textbook as a vishaghna. Agadtantra (Toxicology) is an Ayurveda branch specialized in highlighting the various mode of toxicity and its management. Agada (Antidote) is one of the methods prepared by combining various anti-poisonous herbs. Many agadas contain shirish, which is mostly used in cases of poisonous bite. Recent research has also reported anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, anti-anaphylactic, anti-asthmatic, anti-microbial properties of the plant. Some of the uses given in API vol III are: Pama, Kushtha, kandu, visarapa, kasa, vrana, shotha, svaas, mushak vishak, shit pitta, raktadushti, vishamjwara, sarpdansh, vishadushti, suryavart, ardhaavbhedak, netrabhishyanda.
Keywords: Shirish, vishaghna, Agad, Anti-poisonous herb, anti-microbial, anti asthamatic, medicinal uses.
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