Botanical Name: Pueraria sp. (Pueraria mirifica, Pueraria thunbergiana, Pueraria lobata, Pueraria montana, Radix puerariae).
Other names: mile-a-day vine, pueraria, Ge Gen, Kudsu, Japanese arrowroot
Geographic distribution: Native to Japan, now invasive in the USA and naturalized worldwide.
Pueraria sp. is a climbing, trailing, perennial vine native to Japan and eastern Asia. A member of the pea family, the vine is often considered a noxious weed in places where it has naturalized as it spreads quickly (hence its surname "mile-a-day vine").
However, kudzu root has been eaten as a vegetable for thousands of years in Asia and has a long history of use for its beneficial properties in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kudzu root is typically prepared as an herbal tea and incorporated into botanical formulations.
Traditional Chinese Medicine often uses the root to dispel excess heat in the body. It is sweet and acrid in taste, and neutral in properties. It can unclog meridians and covers meridians related to the spleen, stomach, lung, and bladder.
Kudzu root has a high concentration of isoflavones, which have been investigated by science for their health benefits. Naturopathic physicians report an astonishing range of applications for kudzu.
Kudzu is often used to more quickly dispel the effects of alcohol ingestion.
Kudzu is a botanical used in traditional medicine to treat alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, menopausal symptoms, diabetes, fever, the common cold, and neck or eye pain. There are several species of kudzu and both the flowers and root extract are used for their medicinal properties. Isoflavones, the major components of kudzu, are thought to be responsible for its potential effects.
In vitro, kudzu has demonstrated antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties. Feeding with kudzu root suppressed alcohol intake and withdrawal symptoms.
Studies of kudzu in humans are limited and have mostly focused on its effects on alcohol consumption or climacteric symptoms. In heavy drinkers, data suggest kudzu may be a useful adjunct to reduce alcohol intake. In moderate drinkers, it was shown to not disturb sleep wake/cycles, as can occur during withdrawal or with other medications that treat dependence. In another small study, a single dose of kudzu extract reduced alcohol consumption.
Other preliminary studies suggest kudzu may improve symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats in perimenopausal women, and cognitive function in postmenopausal women. Although a topical P. mirifica gel improved vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women, a conjugated estrogen cream was found to be more effective. A recent systematic review of P. mirifica regarding efficacy for menopausal symptoms is inconclusive. In addition, another systematic review determined that evidence on benefits for any condition with various species of kudzu are limited and unclear.
Because human and animal studies suggest some estrogenic effects, individuals with hormone-sensitive cancers and those taking tamoxifen should avoid kudzu.
To know more: Kudzu : Benefits, Side Effects & More
Our Kudzu extract powder is standardized to contain 40% isoflavones.
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