Albizzia Bark (Wild Crafted)
Also Known As: The flowers and bark of the mimosa tree (Albizzia julibrissin) are among the most valued of Chinese botanicals for relieving anxiety, stress and depression. Albizzia also called the Tree of Happiness, was traditionally used by Chinese herbalists to "calm the spirit" and relieve emotional constraint when associated with bad temper, bad mood, sadness, occasional sleeplessness, irritability and poor memory. It was believed to be especially useful for anyone experiencing profound heart-breaking loss.
Description: Albizzia is thought to enhance all aspects of neurotransmitter secretion and regulation. However, because of its blood-moving properties, it is contraindicated for use during pregnancy.
According to Michael Tierra L.Ac., O.M.D., Founder of the American Herbalists Guild, who recommends the use of Albizzia for possible relief from stress and anxiety: "There are broadly three classes of antidepressant medications, Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA's), Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors (MAOI's) and the most popular, Serotonin Selective uptake inhibitors (SSRI's).
TCA's enhance concentrations of the neurotransmitter chemicals norepinephrine (stimulating) and serotonin (the happiness hormone) in the brain. These are known as monoamines and they must be inactivated and reuptaked by the secreting cells. TRI's block this reuptake, allowing the monoamines to remain active in the body much longer.
MAOI's not only enhance the same neurotransmitters, norepinephrine and serotonin, but dopamine as well (dopamine is the reward, or satisfaction hormone). This is the most dangerous and least prescribed class of antidepressants, because it may also inhibit the reuptake of tyramine, which can cause dangerously acute hypertension.
SSRI's (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor's) include the popular drugs Luvox, Paxil, Prozac, Celexa, and Zoloft and work by blocking serotonin reabsorption. Specifically, they prolong the effects of serotonin, with an accompanying sense of prolonged well-being.
How to use: With hundred's of years of traditional use, albizzia is a terrific antidepressant and anti-anxiety herb with no known side effects. While the traditional Chinese dose is 9 to 15 grams daily, a positive effect can be achieved with as little as 3 grams daily, Therefore, albizzia flowers and bark offer an extremely effective and vastly inexpensive alternative to antidepressant pharmaceuticals.* (*) As mentioned by Michael Terra.
Caution: Serious chronic depression can be a life compromising and life threatening debility. One should always consult a qualified medical practitioner when attempting to go integrate an herb or any natural approach as an alternative to prescribed medications. Albizzia is not recommended as an alternative to a medical treatment regimen or doctor's recommendation and is not approved by the FDA as a drug.