Last Modified on Mar 19, 2014
An herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as herbal medicinal traditions of other countries, mimosa is an effective remedy for a wide range of conditions. One of the most common treatment applications for which mimosa is used is treating depression, which gave the remedy its name of “Collective Happiness Bark.” Nonetheless, mimosa has a variety of other applications as well.
What is Mimosa?
Mimosa tree bark or any of the other mimosa treatments are generally harvested from the mimosa tree, which is also known as a Persian silk tree. This tree is a native to Southeast Asia, where it is considered a medicinally valuable plant.
Mimosa trees are also often planted as ornamental plants as they have an attractive branching growth and feather foliage with flowers. The flowers are also used in herbal applications as tinctures and preparations. The bark is often sold in its shredded or dried form.
The plant is often called by its variety of nicknames including shameful plant, touch-me-not, and sensitive plant as its leaves typically close rapidly after being touch. The names may seem ironic, as the plant is often used for treating a variety of conditions that may be considered somewhat embarrassing; however, not all of the applications of mimosa are considered personal.
Health Benefits of Mimosa
All parts of the mimosa plant can be used as different medical treatments. The dried whole plant, root, leaf, and seed can all be used in different ways. The plant is an effective anti-inflammatory that also possesses limited antibacterial properties.
With these properties and others, the herb is effective for treating a wide range of conditions. Mimosa is an effective treatment for swelling and inflammation, wounds, premature ejaculation, diabetes, kidney pain, and asthma. It can also be used to treat skin sensitivities and diseases, high blood pressure, insomnia, hay fever and others.
Mimosa is often found as a supplement in capsule form; however, it is just as effective in its dried powdered form, which can be used in preparing tinctures and even tonics. In any of its forms, the herb is effective for treating a wide range of conditions.
07/15/2013: Kathryn from Grass Valley, California: "I have purchased mimosa bark that is powder that I will put into 00 gel capsules. What would be a good dose for hay fever?"
[YEA] 03/18/2009: Mimi from E. Liberty, MD/USA: "Mimosa, additional comment: The bark has been a profound remedy for chronic hay fever. People who had hay fever for years (some for decades) experienced relief after the first dose. They could go into fields, woods, and urban areas that normally cause awful allergy symptoms and feel none of the normal discomforts. This is an exceptional remedy.
Dose is dependent on the individual. Example: 1/2 tablespoon fresh bark to 1 cup water; bring to boil and then simmer (length of time simmering was 30 min) but note previous comments about longer cooking time. Some have used 1 tablespoon per 1 cup of water. The relaxing attributes of Mimosa can be strong. Some people fall asleep soon after taking the tea.
Tinctured Mimosa is to be experimented - it hasn't been soaking long enough to be used & to read a true response."
06/13/2010: Star from Brooklyn, New York replies: "are you refering to mimosa tree bark or to mimosa pudica?"
11/18/2009: Helen from Fort Macleod, Ab: "can mimosa plant be used for dogs?"Replies
05/08/2012: Brandon from Georgetown, Texas replies: "Does anybody know if you can cook with mimosa wood?"
10/22/2009: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "My posts on mimosa is mimosa plant not mimosa tree. Mimosa plant grow on the ground and will close its leaves whenever you touch the plant."Replies
06/23/2011: Bev from Long Beach, Ca replies: "Is this Mimosa available in a pill or liquid?"
[YEA] 10/28/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "Update of mimosa: Mimosa is effective for avian influenza (bird flu)."
09/02/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "Additional info on mimosa: Half a piece of lemon may be taken 1 hour after drinking Mimosa.This combination is very benefical for health, especially for Cancer patients because lemon is a powerful Cancer killer. The seeds of lemons and grape are effective against Cancer."
[YEA] 09/02/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "A middle aged lady with bloated stomach and legs take mimosa on the advice of her friend who have learn about the healing properties of mimosa. Her condition is serious and she can`t afford medical treatment.After taking mimosa her condition improves and she is recovering fast."
06/20/2008: TAN KOON PENG from SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE: "Mimosa is useful for bone spur. It is also useful for detoxing our body of toxins. It is an effective Cancer Killer as it can get rid of toxins which is one of the main cause of Cancer. Our body when clear of toxins can function well and allow our immune system to effectively kill the Cancer cells naturally.
For Medical uses, the pink flower, red stem type of mimosa is most useful. All parts of mimosa can be used to treat Cancer but the most important part is the roots. Mimosa can be soak overnight for easy washing. Mimosa should be cook in very low flame for 2 to 3 hour as this process can get rid of the mild toxins in this useful plant.
18 red dates and 12 slices of old ginger should also to added for better results.This herbs should be taken on empty stomach for best results.If you are not a vegetarian, you can also add some garlic for better results. After taking this herbs patients can expect to pass out black and smelly feces.
Mimosa is also effective for internal injury, diabetes, kidney problems, liver problem, diarrhea, skin problems, arthritis, urinary tract stone, rheumatism, anti-aging, child fever, relieve cough, clear phlegm, sprain injury, insomnia, gastric infection, clearing excessive heat in body, promote urination, bronchial infection, child indigestion, stiff neck, bone spur, piles, thyroid, blood purifier etc etc.
If fresh mimosa is not available, you can buy it from chinese medical shop.
Bone spur patients are to abstain from kang kong, carrot, banana, celery, peanut.
NOTE: Not suitable for pregnant woman.
Please share with others if you have any feedback after using this herb."Replies
06/28/2009: Mary from KK, Malaysia replies: "A question. Do you know of anyone who had cancer and recovered from taking mimosa? How long does it take to see an effect if it's an early stage cancer?"
10/22/2009: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore replies: "The latin name of the mimosa plant I have been posting is Mimosa pudica."
01/21/2010: Carrington from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "Tan Koon Peng, I'm interested in your Mimosa, red dates and 12 slices of old ginger...question is how is this properly compared? Take leaves boil on low flame with dates and ginger? dates whole or cut up? and the 12 slices of ginger, is it just finely sliced and cooked or chopped? Then how is this ingested? Drain water from cooking? Eat the whole thing. Just really interested as i know when you pass black tar like material you are deffinatly getting rid of toxins. Thanks for your inputs! Love the site!"
08/21/2010: Nancy from Buffalo, Wyoming replies: "I am also interested in the answers to your questions, Carrington. I have had pitting edema for 2 years & can't seem to get the drs. To understand that lasix does not work for me. I have one kidney (nephrectomy 12 yrs ago due to renal cell carcinoma) & docs say my kidney function is fine.... But something is wrong or I wouldn't be miserable with edema. I would really like to try mimosa but want to make sure I'm preparing & using it the proper way. Would also like to know if anyone can recommend where to buy this in proper form. My online searches keep coming up with 'mimosa bark'. I do hope Tan Koon Peng returns to this thread to answer questions."
05/04/2011: Li from New York, New York, United States replies: "I am so interested in learning more about the recipe! We have a Mimosa tree in our back yard. How can I best utilize the tree in my yard ( its flowers and bark ) to treat the ailments described above? I'd love to have the exact mesurements.
Are there different recipes on how to use the mimosa tree to treat any of these:
- Bone spurs
- Hay fever
Please let me know! Thank you!
LiAlthough I don't have the Mimosa plant (grows on the ground and will close its leaves whenever you touch it) it is common in Puerto Rico. We call it the "muere vive" "it dies it lives. " Such an intersting plant."
06/21/2011: V Qiong from Kampong Cham, Cambodia replies: "Dear Mr. Tan Koon Peng,
The mimosa plant in Cambodia grows on laterite soil. The stems are red on top but the underside of the stems are green. The leaves are also all red but flower is pink. Most that I have seen elsewhere are all red stems and green leaves with pink flowers. Are they all useable?"
[YEA] 07/01/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "Mimosa is effective for Uremia.
I have introduce mimosa to my friends in philippines and they are thrilled with the results.
One old man with liver and kidney problem was sent home to die as his condition is serious and he can`t pass urine at all.After taking mimosa he can pass urine smoothly and his liver and kidney function is improving.Now he is on his way to recovery.
A old lady with liver problem take mimosa for her high fever. After taking mimosa, her fever went down.She is still taking mimosa for her liver problem."
03/29/2011: Dinesh from Kolkata, West Bengal,i ndia replies: "how to use mimosa for kidney function, plz sugest as early as posible."
04/03/2011: Ruby from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Sir, I just want to be clear about the MIMOSA plant. The one you are describing is exactly the same in the ALL REFERENCE BOOK, but the picture that is posted in this reference is very far from the meaning.. We've got a lot of the real Mimosa in our country, Philippines, and here in Thailand, where my present job location is..
Which of these two plants is a real Mimosa, sir?
Thank you and more power.."
04/05/2011: Bill from San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Ruby... The Filipino plant that is referred to here is probably called the Bashful Mimosa -- called Makahiya in Filipino, a tropical fern-like plant with fragile but rather beautiful pink flowers. I have some in my garden. It is called "Bashful Mimosa" because at the end of the day or if the leaves are touched, the leaves will automatically fold together quickly in response.
This plant is not only used as a liver/kidney protective but has wide use in many other areas. Here is a Filipino herbal site that has photos of the Bashful Mimosa plant and fully describes its local medicinal uses with all the research:
This plant is very different to the Mimosa Tree which also has its origins in Asia, but has somewhat different herbal applications which I am not so acquainted with. Here the tree bark is used as defined here at this link:
There should really be a clear distinction made between these two different plants -- each is useful at curing different problems -- so perhaps another herbal page should should be created for the Bashful Mimosa (Mimosa pudica Linn, Mimosa asperata Blanco) plant to avoid all the confusion."
11/20/2012: Star from Brooklyn, New York replies: "can that mimosa be found in capsules, IE grounded freeze dried bark in vegicaps?"