This is the third in a three-part series on Mimosa Pudica
In this final installment of our three-part series on mimosa pudica, we complete the list of major health benefits available via mimosa pudica. We invite you to review the list, add a comment regarding your experience, or simply review the benefits and see which ones you may need most at this time.
Mimosa pudica is an incredible asset in the quest to support the body’s natural defenses against pathogens, toxins, and “bad bugs.”
Here’s the “rest of the best” benefits that mimosa pudica can offer you and your microbiome:It’s an antimicrobial. Microbes are organisms that cannot be seen by the human eye. Our bodies are full of them; some are vital for our health and well-being, and some, like viruses, fungi, and certain strains of bacteria, are harmful. (Pawaskar)
Researchers are interested in finding alternatives to antibiotics for common bacterial infections, like E coli, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and Klebsiella pneumonia. As compared to chloramphenicol, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections like meningitis, and ampicillin, an antibiotic used for UTIs, respiratory infections, and others, Mimosa Pudica showed great antimicrobial promise. Considering the side effects of the listed antibiotics (a black, hairy tongue, vomiting, clostridium difficile colitis, life-threatening skin reactions, and superinfections), (“What is Ampicillin?”), it’s wonderful that researchers are discovering some herbs have similar power over microbes--with less side effects.
It’s antidiarrheal: Diarrhea can be not only uncomfortable, it can be extremely dehydrating and even, at times, fatal. Typical anti-diarrheal medicines slow the digestive system, lessening the number of bowel movements, which in turn can cause serious constipation. Additionally, a recent study found that Imodium A-D, a popular pill for stopping diarrhea, works the same way in the body as opioids like heroin and morphine. (In fact, in May of 2016, CBS News reported that addicts are turning to anti-diarrheal medications to get high, and they’re experiencing side effects like kidney and liver failure or extreme cardiac events.) ( “Addicts turning to”) Knowing these long-term side effects, anyone with frequent diarrhea may want to turn to a more natural solution. Mimosa Pudica was found to inhibit diarrhea in rats, likely due to the tannin (a water-soluble polyphenol) or flavonoids (phytonutrient polyphenols responsible for vivid color in plantlife) present in the plant. (Saifiddin) Polyphenols are full of antioxidants, but they’re also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which could be another reason why certain plants are effective in controlling gastrointestinal issues. In another study, plants and fruits high in polyphenols stopped acute diarrhea symptoms nearly two days faster than control groups. (Dryden)
Mimosa Pudica is effective for wound-healing. Mimosa Pudica has been used for centuries for stopping bleeding and for wound-healing of rashes and skin diseases. In 2009, a study was done to test the effectiveness of this ancient herbal remedy. Mimosa Pudica was used at different concentrations on cuts, then studying the hydroxyproline (a component of collagen, which keeps skin elastic and young-looking) and ability of the skin to be stretched without breaking or bleeding. The results with 2% Mimosa Pudica concentration were very successful in healing skin wounds quickly, likely because of the polyphenols and antioxidants in the plant. This could prove to be an effective, natural treatment for anyone with health conditions causing slow wound healing, like diabetes. (Kokane)
It has anti-ulcer and healing properties. Peptic ulcers are internal sores on the digestive tract, usually located on the stomach lining, esophagus, or the upper part of the small intestine. Frequently, ulcers can be infested with harmful bacteria like H. pylori. Anyone who consumes pain medication, especially naproxen sodium (like Aleve) and ibuprofen (like Motrin) are at greater risk for stomach ulcers, which can cause bloody stools, vomiting blood, dizziness, shortness of breath, and other symptoms. Because ulcers thrive in an environment with high gastric acid and low mucosal integrity, Mimosa Pudica’s gelatinous makeup can be very helpful in healing these uncomfortable ulcers. Conventional medicine now is not always effective against ulcers, and can often cause a relapse of symptoms, as well as unwanted additional health concerns like heart arrhythmias, tumor-like growths, or enlargement of male breast tissue. With a small dose of Mimosa Pudica, per studies, ulcers were improved nearly 67% as compared to control groups. Other notable changes with Mimosa Pudica administration included less redness and more balanced pH, acidity, and volume of gastric juices. (Elango)
While many products on the market make use of various parts of the Mimosa Pudica plant, Mimosa Pudica seed has been shown to have incredible benefits for the body.
Learn more about incorporating Mimosa Pudica into your wellness protocols.
- Saifiddin Khalid MD, Jinesh kumar S, Suresh DK, Kumar R. Evaluation of an anti-diarrhoeal potential of ethanolic extract of mimosa pudica leaves. IJGP 2011; 5(1): 75-78. Web.
- Elango V, Carolin Oliver 1 Raghu PS. Antiulcer activity of the Leaf ethanolic extract of Mimosa pudica in Rats. Hygeia. J. D. Med. 2012; 4 (1): 34-40. Web.
Kokane DD, More RY, Kale MB, Nehete MN, Mehendale PC, Gadgoli CH. Evaluation of wound healing activity of root of Mimosa pudica. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Jul 15;124(2):311-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2009.04.038. Epub 2009 May 3. Web.
- Pawaskar SM, Kale KU. Antibacterial activity of successive extracts of Mimosa pudica. Indian Drugs. 2006;43:476–80.