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Pagoda tree (Styphnolobiumjaponicum)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Chinese scholar tree, Chinese scholartree, enju (Japanese), Fabaceae (family), galactomannan, genistein, Guilty Chinese Scholar Tree, Guilty Chinese Scholartree, huai-chiao (Chinese), huai-hua (Chinese), huai-mi (Chinese), Japanese pagoda tree, Japanese pagodatree, kaempferol derivatives, letins, Leguminosae (family), maltol derivatives, pagodatree, quercetin, quercetin derivatives, rutin, sophorabioside, Sophora flower bud, Sophora flower buds, Sophora japonica, sophoricoside, Styphnolobiumjaponicum, Styphnolobiumjaponicum (L.) Schott.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • The pagoda tree is native to eastern Asia and was introduced to Japan. It is a popular ornamental tree throughout northern temperate areas because of its white flowers that bloom in late summer. The pagoda tree is often used in bonsai horticulture.
  • Lectins from the pagoda tree have been used as a urinalysis stain for cytologic monitoring after kidney transplantation (1).
  • A few in vitro and animal studies have been conducted using the pagoda tree to determine its potential anti-inflammatory (2), antioxidant (3), and radioprotective (4) properties. There is currently insufficient available evidence in humans to support the use of pagoda tree for any indication.

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