Mimosa pudica also commonly called as touch me not flower is a plant covered in thorns with beautiful pink flowers and small green leaves that closes or droops when touched. It is a plant that is found commonly in many countries and in Albania it grows in abundance. It is considered a weed and can be commonly found in wastelands.
Traditional Chinese Medicinal practitioners have long revered the bark, leaves and flowers of the Mimosa tree for its potent health benefits. Usually, for health applications, the bark of the tree is shaved and dried and used in tincture and capsule forms. The leaves of the plant can also be dried and used as a tea. One of the most important applications of the dried/powder form of the bark is its use as an ancient mood enhancer. Known in China as the Collective Happiness Bark,a the Mimosa tree was given to people who needed a spiritual uplift or cleansing.
Similarly, the bark is used to cleanse the heart and liver meridians (energetic pathways) in the body. In many remote areas, people used to collect the plant for treating diarrhea. It has been used for piles,dysentery, as a poultice and for treating wounds.