Sophora Japonica, also known as the Pagoda tree. The Sophora Japonica tree has some edible parts and is often used in traditional Chinese medicine as a cooling herb and to stop bleeding. All parts of this tree, including the shoots, are used as medicinal remedies throughout Asia, with a higher prevalence in Japan and Korea. Its extract has powerful soothing and anti-aging effects.
The cosmetics industry has been showing a growing interest in Sophora Japonica since it was discovered that the extract of the tree’s flowers has anti-irritant, antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
When analyzing the traditional pharmaceutical preparations containing this herb, the anti-aging properties were discovered. The cosmetics industry has therefore started to introduce them into skin care products. For the same reasons, there has recently been a growing interest in the use of formulations based on Sophora Japonica leaves.
As the extract of Sophora Japonica flowers is a source of antioxidants it is useful for fighting free radicals. Its high mineral, amino acid and flavonoid content help to nourish the skin and stimulates its regeneration so preventing wrinkles.
The main bioactive constituents of the extract of Sophora Japonica flowers are flavonoids. Rutin and sophorose form another significant compound with high bioactivity, which can cure many inflammatory conditions. In addition, it also possesses astringent and antioxidant properties.
Anti-platelet aggregation effects
Research has shown that extracts of the fruit of the Pagoda tree help the blood to clot. In addition, the ethanol extract made from the flower buds has a powerful antibacterial action against many strains harmful to humans. The dried flowers and buds of Sophora japonica are used as a medicinal herb in China, Japan and Korea to treat bleeding hemorrhoids and hematemesis. Sophora japonica contains both anti-hemorrhagic and anti-hemostatic substances.
Effects on the cardiovascular system and blood coagulation
Sophora japonica reduced the consumption of oxygen to protect cardiac function. Sophora japonica reduces cerebral infarction partly as a result of its anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory activities.
Brewing Guide: Fill the teapot 2 grams (1-2 teaspoons) flowers for every 225ml of water. Infuse in hot water at 90°c (194°F) to 95°c (203°F) for 2 to 3 minutes.