Even though the Chinese have been using the Kudzu root for medicinal purposes as early as 200 B.C. (it was usually prescribed as a medicine to combat alcoholism), only recently has it started gaining popularity in alternative herbal health. Even though it is the root of the Kudzu vine that is usually used as medicine, the flowers and leaves of the plant have medicinal properties too.
Kudzu (sceientific name Pueraria lobata) vine also goes by other whimsical names; some people call it the foot-a-night vine because of its ability to grow fast and encroach over anything that is foolish enough to stay in its path. Invasive Kudzu vine is also known as ‘the vine that ate the south’ and Ko-hemp among others.
Health Benefits of Kudzu Root
- Treatment for alcoholism
- Used for treating tinnitus and vertigo
- Improves diabetes and cardiovascular functions
- Treatment for measles
- Treatment for the symptoms of menopause
- Treatment for poliomyelitis
- Reduces muscle pain
- Cure for dysentery
- Cure for muscle pain
- Used as a hangover remedy
- Helps in easing stress
For many years, the Chinese have been using Kudzu root to treat alcoholism. The way it works is that the Kudzu root increases the levels of ethanol in the blood, thus curbing the person’s desire to drink. If you are looking for supplements that can possibly help you with your alcohol cessation then you might want to try kudzu root.
Kudzu root is packed full of isoflavones, which makes it viable as a supplement for hormone therapy. This also makes it a good choice for treating menstrual symptoms and for lessening the blow dealt on women’s body due to menopause.
If you’re suffering from digestive system problems then kudzu might help ease your suffering. Many people have been taking kudzu root extract supplements to help ease diarrhea, gas and bloating, and for improving their digestion.
When made into, or included in the ingredients of tea, kudzu root can help ease a person’s stress, treat anxiety symptoms, and also helps calm you down at night so you can get a good night’s sleep.
Kudzu root is one of the medicinal herbs that have so many benefits that they cannot be outlined in just one article. If you have problems with alcohol abuse (or you know someone who does), or if your digestive system is giving you problems, or whatever it may be that ails you, chances are you can fix them all up by taking supplements containing Kudzu root extract.