It is known to all that albizia julibrissin flower, also known as He Huan Hua in Pinyin, is beautiful and endearing. However, very often its beauty makes people overlook its impressive rang of medicinal uses to help treat a variety of complaints. So to speak, it is lucky enough to be a kind of ornamental flower species but less fortunate to be a medicinal material. And this article is going to look in depth at the medicinal value and other information of the albizia flower.
What is albizia julibrissin flower?
Medicinally it refers to the dried flowers or buds of Albizia julibrissin Durazz. Albezia tree is a plant in the family of Leguminosae. And this herb is also commonly known as silk tree flower, albizzia flower, mimosa tree flower, He Huan Hua (literally translated as happy get-together flower), flos albiziae, flower of silktree albizzia, and so on. To ensure high quality, it is normally harvested in sunny summer days when it blooms and dried in time.
Medicinally its capitulum gathers into wrinkles. Flowers are slender, curved, 0.7 to 1cm long, yellowish brown or light brown, and with short stems. Calyx is tubular, sparsely pubescent, and with 5-tooth apex. The length of corolla tube is sparsely pubescent, about 2 times of calyx tube, and with 5-lobe apex and lanceolate lobes. Stamens are numerous. Filaments are slender, yellow-brown or brown, concrescent in lower, and separate in the upper part that extends outside the tube. It is easily broken, lightly scented, and tasteless.
As for main chemical constituents, there are in total 25 types of flower aromatic components identified, among which main aromatic components are trans-linalool oxide, linalool, isopentanol, a-ocimene, 2,2,4-Trimethylpentane, and so on. In addition, it also contains cyanidin-3-glucoside.
Health benefits of albizia julibrissin
Albezia tree is full of treasures – both albizzia bark and flower are valuable Chinese herbs. Be that as it may, they have different healing properties and medicinal uses. As a result, these two different medicinal parts can’t be mixed in herbal remedies. Now albizia julibrissin flower extract and essential oil are widely used for dysphoria-induced wakefulness, depression, forgetfulness, and dreaminess. The evidence of these amazing albizia julibrissin effects can be identified from its pharmacological actions as follows.
Modern albizia flower pharmacology
1. Experimental studies have shown that mice drenched with this decoction significantly reduced both its spontaneous activity and passive activities. That’s to say, this herb can work with the central inhibition of barbiturates to prolong the pentobarbital and phenobarbital induced nesthesia time in mice and prompt the anesthesia in mice by subthreshold dose of pentobarbital sodium and amobarbital sodium. And both a single dose or continuous 3 doses can have significant effect;
2. Its decoction drenched to rabbits showed no obvious change in EEG and no anti-convulsant effect caused by pentetrazole in mice.
Popular albizzia flower herbal remedies
In accordance with the description from Chinese Materia Medica, this herb is sweet-bitter in flavor and neutral and non-toxic in properties. And it enters two meridians of heart and spleen. Its main functions are resolving depression for tranquilization, regulating qi to whet the appetite, dispersing wind to improve eyesight, and promoting blood circulation to arrest pain. And its key uses and indications include depression, insomnia, chest tightness, indigestion and loss of appetite, wind-fire eye problems, blurred vision, back pain, and injuries from falls. Recommended dosage is from 3 to 9 grams in decoction, powder, or tea pills.
1. Chronic leg and low back pain. According to He Huan Hua Wan from Tai Ping Sheng Hui Fang (Taiping Holy Prescriptions for Universal Relief), this herb combines with Niu Xi (Achyranthes Root), Hong Hua (Safflower), Shi Yan (halite), Xing Ren (Apricot Seed), and Gui Xin (Cinnamomi Cortex) to treat above-mentioned condition.
2. Insomnia due to heart-kidney imbalance. Other herbal ingredients of this empirical formula are Rou Gui (Dried Cinnamon Bark), Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome), and Ye Jiao Teng (Polygonum Vine).
3. Traumatic injury. Zi Mu Mi Lu (child-mother Secret Records) ever collected a proven prescription mainly for injuries from falls, fractures, contusions and strains. This formula uses its powder alone and it should be taken with wine.
Albizia julibrissin flower side effects and contraindications
Flowers of albizia julibrissin is totally safe to be consumed. As a result, the AHPA classifies this herb into class 1. From the perspective of TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine), it should be used with caution in the cases of deficiency of yin and body fluid impairment.