– a perennial deciduous vine of the Leguminosae family.
– Kudzu is a fast-growing vine native to the subtropical regions of China and Japan.
– Kudzu root is cool in nature, sweet and pungent in flavor
Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi / Pueraria thomsonii Benth.(Chin. : 葛根)
– The dry root of Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi / Pueraria thomsonii Benth. The cane, leaf, flower bud and seed are also used medicinally
– Kudzu was introduced in North America in 1876 in the southeastern U.S. to prevent soil erosion. But kudzu spread quickly and overtook farms and buildings, leading some to call to kudzu “the vine that ate the South.”
– kudzu is used to treat alcoholism and to reduce symptoms of alcohol hangover, including headache, upset stomach, dizziness, and vomiting.
– In a 2009 study of 16 people who had reported using kudzu to treat cluster headache, researchers determined that kudzu may help decrease the frequency, duration, and intensity of attacks, with minimal side effects.
– kudzu may help manage metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by a cluster of health problems (including excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance) that are known to raise your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
– A more recent study, published in 2007, found taking kudzu extract in capsule form daily for 24 weeks helped alleviate vaginal dryness in postmenopausal women.
– Has anti-aging properties
– Kudzu is also used for heart and circulatory problems, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain;
– for upper respiratory problems including sinus infections, the common cold, hay fever, flu, and swine flu;
– and for skin problems, including allergic skin rash, itchiness, and psoriasis.
– Some people use kudzu for menopause symptoms, muscle pain, measles, dysentery, stomach pain (gastritis), fever, diarrhea, thirst, neck stiffness, and to promote sweating.
– Other oral uses include treatment of polio myelitis, encephalitis, migraine, deafness, diabetes, and traumatic injuries.
– Health providers in China sometimes give puerarin, a chemical in kudzu, intravenously (by IV) to treat stroke due to a blood clot.