Information on Kudzu

Latin NamePueraria lobata
Other NamesMealy kudzu
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsBulk herb, powder, extracts in capsules and tablets.
AffectsEndocrine system, Digestive system, Integumentary system, Skeletal system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA fast-growing hairy perennial vine of the Pea family with large tuberous roots and spikes of fragrant purplish pea flowers.
DescriptionKudzu is a nourishing herb used to alleviate diarrhea, allay thirst, and treat colds and can be effective added to ginger tea to alleviate nausea. It is also used to help relax stiff muscles. An extract from kudzu may reduce alcohol craving according to some modern clinical reports and laboratory tests. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the herb is used to hasten recovery from measles and to treat symptoms of hypertension such as headache, dizziness, and ringing in the ears.
Kudzu contains substantial amounts of the dietary phytoestrogens genistein and daidzein, which have shown benefits for relieving hot flashes and slowing bone loss during and after menopause. These compounds are receiving increased interest for their cancer-protective and cardiovascular-protective effects.

Kudzu has a taste of SWEET, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Extract1 to 2 tablets or capsules 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Kudzu

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Alcoholismtoniccapsule, tea
Hangoveranti-nauseanttea, capsule
Diarrheasoothingtea, capsule
Hot flashesphytoestrogen sourceextract
Osteoporosisestrogen regulatortablets, capsules, tea


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