What Is Sophora Japonica?

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by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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Sophora japonica is not only beautiful, but it also has many benefits including supporting normal cardiovascular and vascular health.

Sophora japonica, otherwise known as Japanese pagoda tree, is native to eastern China and Japan. Its beautiful white flowers make it a prized ornamental tree all over the world. But, it’s not only beautiful, it’s also very beneficial to the circulatory system. Sophora japonica has a documented history of being used to promote optimal vein health and it’s actually one of the fifty fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.

Why is Sophora Japonica Effective?

Many plants and botanicals contain a range of highly active and beneficial phytonutrient compounds; Sophora japonica is no exception. Sophora japonica contains two potent flavonoids, troxerutin and oxymatrine, which exhibit strong antioxidant activity and have repeatedly been shown to support circulatory system health. [1] [2]

Sophora Japonica and Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids, which are categorized by swollen and uncomfortable blood vessels around the anus, are an unpleasant, but extremely common problem. Topical creams, ointments, and cushions are common therapies but many people understandably prefer herbal remedies that promote venous health, rather than simply temper unpleasant symptoms.

The beneficial compounds contained within Sophora japonica may make it one of the best herbal supplements for hemorrhoids. Troxerutin has vasoprotective properties and is a therapy for hemorrhoids. [3] Oxymatrine is known to help reduce the swelling associated with unhealthy blood vessels.

Sophora Japonica and Cardiovascular Health

Although Sophora japonica promotes healthy blood vessels, it also promotes overall cardiovascular system health. [4] It supports normal heartbeat and helps create an environment that’s less susceptible to blood clot formation. [5] [6] Preliminary animal models suggest that oxymatrine may even protect the heart and improve its functionality. [7] [8]

Supplementing with Sophora Japonica

Whether you suffer from hemorrhoids or are simply looking for a natural botanical that naturally supports your circulatory system, Sophora japonica may be an herb for you to consider adding to your supplement regimen. Although you should always consult with your trusted health care advisor before beginning new therapies, the evidence for Sophora japonica is largely positive and it’s not associated with negative side effects. It’s a component of many circulatory system support formulas that contain other healthful herbs like butcher’s broom and gotu kola.

Have you taken Sophora japonica, or any other herbs, to promote the health of your veins and blood vessels? What results did you notice? Please leave a comment below and share your experiences with us.

References (8)
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  3. Clyne MB, Freeling P, Ginsborg S. Troxerutin in the treatment of haemorrhoids. Practitioner. 1967 Mar;198(185):420-3.
  4. Runtao G, Guo D, Jiangbo Y, Xu W, Shusen Y. Oxymatrine, the main alkaloid component of Sophora roots, protects heart against arrhythmias in rats. Planta Med. 2011 Feb;77(3):226-30. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1250256. Epub 2010 Aug 17.
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  6. Kim JM, Yun-Choi HS. Anti-platelet effects of flavonoids and flavonoid-glycosides from Sophora japonica. Arch Pharm Res. 2008 Jul;31(7):886-90. doi: 10.1007/s12272-001-1242-1. Epub 2008 Aug 14.
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