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Albizia (Albizia julibrissin)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • 3-O-[alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1-->2)-beta-D-fucopyranosyl-(1-->6)-2-acetamido-2-deoxy-beta-D-glucopyranosyl] echinocystic acid (2), 3-O-[beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1-->6)-2-acetamido-2-deoxy-beta-D-glucopyranosyl] acacic acid lactone, 3-O-[beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1-->6)-2-acetamido-2-deoxy-beta-D-glucopyranosyl] echinocystic acid (1), 5-deoxyflavone (geraldone), 7,2',4'-trimethoxyflavone, 7,4'-dimethoxy-3'-hydroxyflavone, 7,8-dimethoxy-3',4'-methylenedioxyflavone, adianthifoliosides A and B, albibrissinosides A and B, Albizia adianthifolia, Albizia amara, Albizia anthelmintica, Albiziafalcataria, Albizia grandibracteata, Albizia gummifera, Albizia inopinata, Albizia julibrissin Durazz, Albizia julibrisson, Albizia lebbeck, Albizia lebek, Albizia Lucidior I. Nielsen, Albizia myriophylla, Albizia odoratissima, Albizia procera, Albizia rhizonse, Albizia saman, Albizia schimperana, Albizia versicolor, Albizia zygia, albiziasaponins, Albizzia, algarrobo de olor, alkaloids, black siris, budmunchiamines, cardiac glycosides, Cha-em Thai, Cortex Albiziae, daidzein, (E)-4-hydroxy-dodec-2-enedioic acid, falcata wood, flavonoids, glycosides, grandibracteosides A-C, gul-i abrisham (Persian), gummiferaosides, Fabaceae (family), hehuanoside A, isoflavones, isookanin, julibrissin, julibrosides, kuraridin, kuraridinol, kurarinol, kurarinone, Leguminosae (family), licorice-saponin F3, lupeol, lupenone, luteolin, macrocyclic alkaloids, mimosa, Moussena, phenols, Pit shirish shirisha, sapogenin 21-[4-(ethylidene)-2-tetrahydrofuranmethacryloyl] machaerinic acid, saponins, scented carob, silk flower, silk tree, sophoflavescenol, soya-cerebroside I, steroids, (-)-syringaresinol-4-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside, tannins, triterpene saponins, triterpenoidal prosapogenins, vitalboside-A, vitalboside-A 2'-methylglucuronate, yunganoside B1.
  • Selected combination products: Aller-7/NR-A2 (Phyllanthusemblica, Terminaliachebula, Terminaliabellerica, Albizialebbeck, Pipernigrum, Zingiberofficinale, and Piperlongum).

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Albizia (Albizia julibrissin) is an Asian herb native to southern and eastern Asia, from Iran to China and Korea, which is known to many by its more common name of mimosa, or silk tree. It is an ornamental tree producing fine red filamentous flowers during the summer. The bark is harvested in spring or late summer and is dried for later use.
  • It has been suggested that Albizia may be of use for anxiety and depression, although clinical trials are lacking. The flower heads of Albizia have been used traditionally as a carminative (reducing flatulence and expelling gas from the intestines), digestive, sedative, and tonic, and for insomnia, irritability, breathlessness, and poor memory. The stem bark has been used as an analgesic, anthelmintic, carminative, discutient, diuretic, oxytocic, sedative, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge, and vulnerary, and for insomnia, irritability, boils, and carbuncles. Topically, the stem bark has been applied to injuries and swellings to promote healing. A gummy extract obtained from the plant has been used as a plaster for abscesses and boils, and as a retentive for fractures and sprains.
  • At this time, high-quality human trials supporting the efficacy of Albizia for any indication are lacking in the available literature.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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History

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References

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