Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Rhonda Johansson
Alcoholics should remember this root. Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) is a climbing vine that is considered as one of the top 50 healing herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Aside from its vast array of uses — extending from its application as a treatment of the common cold and fever to its potency in alleviating menopausal symptoms — kudzu is known to effectively reduce alcohol cravings, even among those who consider themselves heavy drinkers.
While science is still catching up in identifying the exact mechanics involved in kudzu’s healing benefits, traditional healers have nothing but praise for this seemingly innocuous root.
Kudzu is mostly used as a treatment for alcoholism. Herbalists and nutritionists have observed that regular intake of the root decrease the cravings of alcohol-dependent individuals, as well as prevent painful (and often debilitating) hangovers. It must be stressed that medicinal reviews have not yet verified why this may be so.
The root also shows promise in improving blood circulation, consequently reducing the incidences of muscle pain and stiffness. It can likewise lessen the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disorders related to blood flow. Kudzu may moreover be used to reduce high blood pressure caused by an excess of stress.
Powdered kudzu root is taken to balance the acidic nature of many foods and is used by Chinese healers to soothe the digestive tract.
Other uses of the plant include:
The number of research on kudzu is extremely limited. What information we do have, though, points to the root’s impact on the digestive system. Somehow, it is able to reduce alcohol cravings as well as balance the function of both the liver and kidneys.
It is hypothesized that since it is able to ease the load of the digestive system, it also has an indirect effect on a person’s respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Kudzu (or kuzu, as it is sold in local health stores) is normally bought as a powder. This is used to make a tea. Conventional recipes call for one teaspoon of kuzu powder for one cup of boiling water. The tea itself is quite bland, so you can decide to add some sea salt or tamari soy sauce to taste. This is safe to take daily.
Those more adventurous can try adding the kudzu powder to various dishes of Asian influence. For example, a teaspoon of the powder to a Baby Bok Choy with Ginger dish can add just the right amount of punch (and nutritional boost) to an already-delicious recipe.
Kudzo is an effective treatment for alcohol dependence.
The root can also be used to treat various respiratory conditions.
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