Sophora Japonica 槐花、槐花蜜
Suffering from the heat? Headache, bloody nose, red eyes, hypertension?
Many cooling, detoxifying herbs are very bitter. Sophora japonica, also known as Huai Hua Mi, (槐花、槐花蜜) is mild and pleasant tasting.
Sophora flowers come from the sophora tree (known as the Japanese pagoda), a deciduous tree native to east Asia and cultivated in China, Japan and Korea. Sophora flowers are gathered in late August and early September just before the tree comes into bloom, then dried in the sun for use, either raw or after being roasted.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, sophora flowers are slightly bitter and cold, and are affiliated with the Liver and Large Intestine meridians. It is a common component of many Chinese herbal remedies. Its main functions are to remove heat from the blood to treat rash and help prevent fragile capillaries, stop bleeding, and clear inflammation from the liver. Among the conditions sophora flower is used to treat are bleeding caused by hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, and headaches. Some practitioners use it to improve eyesight and help resolve the symptoms of conjunctivitis. It has been mentioned as a cancer prevention herb (especially prostate cancer) and an herb that protects blood vessels and brain health. Pregnant women should use cooling, laxative or detoxifying herbs only with the guidance of their TCM doctor.
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