What is the Japanese sophorah for?

In ancient times, the Eastern healers discovered the unique medicinal properties of a beautiful exuberant cup tree and white-yellow flowers: the Japanese sophora.

The fame of its medicinal properties spread rapidly outside Asia, and the sophora began to be used not only in popular medicine, but also in the officer. The lack of pretensions of the tree allowed it to cultivate it far beyond the borders of its native country, in quite hard conditions. For example, in Russia.

How interesting! The medicinal properties of the sophora are at the height of plants as well known as the ginseng, the ginger, the nail, the licorice, the cinnamon, etc. It is also the symbol of the city of Beijing.

What is the Japanese sophora

The Japanese sophora is a deciduous tree of the legume family, also known as Japanese Acacia or Pagoda. His Latin name is styphium Japonicum.

It has a wel l-developed root system and can reach a height of 25 m or more. The stems are green, branched and grow quite low. The glass is wide, extended and light green.

Interesting! That every night the tree leaves fold to open again at dawn.

It has no thorns. This plant is Longava, with a life of up to 500 years in some cases. It blooms in June-Julio. The flowers are fragrant, yellowish white, collected in brooms. His fruits are Jewish collected in pods.

In addition to its medicinal virtues, the Japanese sophora is cultivated for ornamental purposes and is also a meliferous tree. Distribution regions: China, Japan, Mongolia, Korea, Vietnam, Crimea, the Caucasus and the regions of Krasnodar and Volgograd.

Properties of Japanese Sophora

The properties of the Japanese sophora are mainly determined by the substances that integrate its composition. There are many:

  1. Routine (vitamin P) – The biological function of this flavonoid in reducing the effects of ultraviolet radiation, hence antioxidant properties, rejuvenating function for the body. Routine improves blood circulation, prevents coagulous formation, increases iodine absorption and has ant i-inflammatory properties. Some sources have reported the benefits of the use of routine in the treatment of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Routine is a valuable substance that does not occur independently in the human body.

Important: The absorption of routine in the body is facilitated by the concomitant consumption of vitamin C.

  1. Quercetin is another flavonoid that is part of most dietary supplements in the current market. Unlike routine, it is found in fruits and vegetables. It also has an ant i-inflammatory effect. In addition, it has a diuretic effect, prevents allergic reactions, relieves pain, improves tissue regeneration, strengthens myocardium and blood vessels and increases the organism’s resistance to stress.
  2. Glycosides have antimicrobial activity, contribute to the expectoration of phlegm, have diuretic properties and calm the nervous system and normalize the activity of the heart and vessels.
  3. Paquicarpina – belongs to a group of alkaloids; It has sedative effect, normalizes sleep.
  4. Fat oils – Cells and tissues regenerate; Ant i-inflammatories, neutralize the effect of carcinogens.
  5. Organic acids – glycosides and alkaloids bind, eliminate toxins and waste products, improve intestinal processes, calm the nervous system.
  6. Ash – Ant i-inflammatory, regenerating effect, prevents thrombosis.
  7. Minerals: boron, iron, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc.

Useful and medicinal properties

The medicinal raw materials are the leaves, fruits, seeds and flowers of Japanese Sophora. Interestingly, Sophora honey also has medicinal properties.

In addition to strengthening the immune system and normalizing metabolism, honey reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels, normalizes the blood system, helps restore the eye retina, causes the walls of blood vessels to be elastic, eliminates compoundsorganic of the walls of the blood vessels.

Based on the chemical composition of Sophora Japanese its medicinal properties are divided into:

  1. general tonic;
  2. tonic;
  3. ant i-inflammatory;
  4. antimicrobial;
  5. astringent;
  6. diuretic;
  7. antispasmodic;
  8. antiseptic;
  9. analgesic, etc.

Thus, Japanese Sophora is used to treat diseases

  1. ulcers, gastritis, colitis;
  2. Atherosclerosis, chest angina, hypertension;
  3. asthma and bronchitis;
  4. Mellitus diabetes;
  5. tuberculosis;
  6. measles, scarletin;
  7. Skin diseases – fungi, acne, psoriasis and others.

Damage and contraindications of use

Sophora is unique in the sense that it practically has no contraindications. Caution should be taken when taking this plant to allergic people. A cutaneous reaction manifests in a few days, so it is difficult to diagnose an allergy immediately. Caution should be recommended to people with liver and renal insufficiency.

Warning. Some experts claim that the sophora is poisonous. You should consult a specialist before using it.

As with most medications, Sophora should only be taken in strict/normal doses and should not be abused. Pregnant women and children under 3 years of age should also avoid its use.

Possible side effects are nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. At the first symptoms, it is recommended to go immediately to the hospital.

The Japanese sophora in the home

The benefits of the Japanese sophora were first appreciated in folk medicine. This is how teas, decoctions, tinctures and ointments that used the plant arose.

When making your own medicine, be sure to use only the doses, grams, that are specified in the prescription, because – as mentioned above – some components can be toxic.

tea and decoction

Sophora japonica tea (decoction) is prepared with pre-dried buds and fruits. The decoction can be used for medicinal or prophylactic purposes. Tea improves the immune system, stimulates the general tone, normalizes blood pressure and purifies the blood.

2 tablespoons of dried fruit pour 2 cups of boiling water. Boil for 5 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat, leave to infuse for 1 hour. Before using, strain.

How to use: half a cup 3 times a day.

tincture .

The Japanese sophora tinctur e-as a remedy- not only maintains the therapeutic properties of the plant, but also enhances its effect on the body. The tincture can be applied internally and externally.

What effect does Sophora tincture have on the body?

  1. Strengthen the walls of the capillaries;
  2. remove cholesterol plaques
  3. repair tissues;
  4. increased immunity, general toning of the organism;
  5. thinning of the blood
  6. pain relief;
  7. normalization of blood pressure
  8. metabolism stimulation;
  9. fluid excretion;
  10. removal of edema, etc.

Japanese sophora tincture is used in the treatment of the following diseases

  1. hemorrhoids;
  2. Mellitus diabetes;
  3. tuberculosis;
  4. hypertension;
  5. ulcers, colitis;
  6. asthma, bronchitis, etc.

The tincture, despite its effectiveness, should not be considered the only means of treating the mentioned diseases, any phytotherapy should be carried out in conjunction with other therapeutic measures, consultations with specialists, and the intake of pharmaceuticals.

The tincture is usually taken before meals, but there are exceptions. The intake depends on the person’s diet at the time of treatment, on the probable diet prescribed by the doctor.

There are several recipes for preparing the tincture. The variety of recipes is due to the use of different parts of the plant – buds, fruits, flowers, as well as various alcoholic solutions – vodka, cognac, moonshine. In addition, Sophora japonica tinctures may also contain other herbs. For example, mistletoe, rose hip.

  1. Sophora japonica flower tincture recipe

The flowers of this tree have a powerful antioxidant effect and rejuvenate the body. This tincture can be used in the treatment of vascular diseases and to reduce cholesterol.

Pour 200 g of flowers into a liter of alcohol (for example, vodka). Insist in a dark place for 7 days. Strain. Store in a dark and cool place.

  1. Japanese sophora fruit tincture recipe

The recipe can be used in the treatment and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, blood vessels and heart.

100 g of pods (green or brownish in color) wash, grind in a blender. Pour the resulting mixture into 0. 5 liters of vodka (you can use moonshine). Leave it in a dark place for 14 days. Strain it. Squeeze out the remaining pulp, pour 0. 25 vodka. Insist again, strain and squeeze. Do not mix the two tinctures.

Application features as a cosmetic

  1. Sophora japonica decoction is rubbed into the head to improve the condition of the hair follicles. The benefits are due to the high content of vitamin P – rutin. By regulating the sebaceous glands, the decoction strengthens the hair roots and reduces hair loss.
  2. The infusion of Japanese sophora can also be used in alopecia.

Important: The sophora infusion must be diluted in the ratio 1:10, since the pure infusion has a high concentration of substances that, applied to the skin, can cause allergic reactions.

  1. Japanese sophora lotion is used to rejuvenate and purify the skin, helps in cases of seizures, couperose and acne.

Recipe: Pour 250g of dried flowers 0. 5 liters of vodka. Insist 14 days. Strain it unnecessarily. Apply the lotion on the face no more than twice a week. Use a 1:10 ratio when diluting with water.

  1. External application of Sophora japonica tincture has a positive effect on both hair and skin. It can also be used to treat periodontal diseases.

Medicines with Sophora japonica

The properties of the Japanese sophora allow it to use it as raw material for many medications. They are usually phytomedications and dietary supplements.


Paquicarpine is an effective treatment for muscle and nervous systems disorders. Use details:

  1. It stimulates contractions during childbirth, stops hemorrhages after childbirth;
  2. It has an ant i-inflammatory effect;
  3. In the treatment of Endarteritis
  4. in the treatment of spasms;
  5. In myopathies.

The drug is unique for its minimal toxicity. It is contraindicated in pregnant women, angina peak, multiorgan, renal and hepatic insufficiency. Side effects:

  1. Weakness;
  2. dry mouth;
  3. dizziness;
  4. tachycardia, etc.

In overdose, side effects increase. It is presented in the form of tablets or as a solution in ampoules. It is sold with medical recipe.


Dark brown tincture of fresh fruits of Japanese Sophora that contains ethyl alcohol. It has a bitter taste. It can be used internally and externally.

  1. hypertension;
  2. avitaminosis;
  3. Retina restoration, vision improvement;
  4. stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers;
  5. Early pulmonary tuberculosis;
  6. Parodontosis;
  7. Inflammation of appendices, ovaries, relieves suffocation during menopause.

In addition, Sophorin is used to remove skin lesions – burns, ulcers, phlegmon, abscesses. It is used for medicinal compresses in the form of applications and irrigations.


It is available in tablets in quantities of 10 to 100 units. It is a combination of routine and ascorbic acid. A tablet 2-3 times a day, for a 3-4 weeks course.

  • Avitaminosis P and C;
  • capillary damage;
  • radiation disease;
  • rheumatism;
  • arachnoiditis;
  • measles,
  • scarlet fever;
  • Typhus, etc.

Side effects: headache, allergy.

Important: The dose of the medication can be strictly increased at the discretion of the treating doctor.

The Japanese sophora is a unique plant in its composition and properties. The main substance in the chemical – routine composition – does not occur in the human body, but is extremely useful, allows you to use Sophora not only in popular medicine, but also in pharmacology. Used in the required doses of medicines based on Japanese Sophora have high efficiency and contribute to the rapid recovery of the organism in a series of diseases.

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