Albizia julibrissin


Albizia julibrissin


Mimosa bark (Albizia julibrissin) has a rich history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It traditionally has been used to support a healthy stress response and a healthy mood.* In TCM, it is so closely aligned with mood support that, in Chinese, it is known as “happiness” bark and flowers.* Mimosa has fernlike leaves, prickly stems and fluffy pink flowers, but it is the bark that is most often used. (The flowers can also be used.)

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Traditional Health Benefits of Mimosa

Stress Support, Sleep Support

What is Mimosa Used for?

Modern herbalists and scientific studies have found that Mimosa bark offers antioxidant support, and it is an adaptogen that promotes a healthy response to stress, by supporting the adrenals.* It also promotes a calm and normal mood.* Mimosa is considered to promote natural regulation of the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis. The herb is often used to promote sleep as well as emotional and mental calmness, and it supports the body's natural balance (or switch) between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.*

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Active Constituents of Mimosa

triterpenoidal saponins (julibrosides J1, J2, J3, J5, J8, J12, J13, J18, J19, J21, J28), saponins, flavonoids (sophoflavescenol, kurarinone, kurarinol, kuraridin, and kuraridinol), glycosides, and tannins

Parts Used


Additional Resources

1.) Zou, K., Zhao, Y. Y., and Zhang, R. Y. A cytotoxic saponin from Albizia julibrissin. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2006;54(8):1211-1212. 2.) Jung, M. J., Kang, S. S., Jung, Y. J., and Choi, J. S. Phenolic glycosides from the stem bark of Albizzia julibrissin. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 2004;52(12):1501-1503. 3.) Jung, M. J., Kang, S. S., Jung, H. A., Kim, G. J., and Choi, J. S. Isolation of flavonoids and a cerebroside from the stem bark of Albizzia julibrissin. Arch Pharm Res 2004;27(6):593-599. 4.) Zhang J., et al. Studies on the active components and antioxidant activities of the extracts of Mimosa pudica Linn. from southern China. Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan;7(25):35-9.

Important Precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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