Pagoda Tree

Last Editorial Review: 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Árbol de la Pagoda, Arbre de Miel, Arbre aux Pagodes, Chinese Scholartree, Huai Hua, Japanese Pagoda Tree, Japanese Sophora, Pagode Japonaise, Sófora, Sophora du Japon, Sophora japonica, Sophora Japonica Linn, Soppora Japonica, Styphnolobium japonicum.


Pagoda is a tree. The seeds are used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, pagoda tree is used in dilutions for severe diarrhea (dysentery).

How does work?

There isn't enough information to know how pagoda tree might work.


Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Certain forms of severe diarrhea (dysentery).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pagoda tree for these uses.

Side Effects

The seeds of the pagoda tree are POSSIBLY UNSAFE for most people when taken by mouth. The seeds might cause serious side effects including facial swelling, poisoning, or death.


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Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take pagoda tree seeds by mouth if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.


The appropriate dose of pagoda tree depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for pagoda tree. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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