Kudzu root, sometimes known as kuzu, is a commonly used herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It contains quercetin, genistein, and the isoflavone compounds, daidzein, daidzin, tectorigenin and puerarin all of which are potent antioxidants found in plants knowns as phytochemicals. These phytochemicals can help fight disease caused by inflammation, treat alcoholism, reduce blood pressure, fight the flu, reduce symptoms of menopause and more.
Kudzu root has been used to reduce the painful effects of a hangover, though it seems that if overused, it could be more harmful than good. However, studies have shown that it may help reduce alcoholism by raising the alcohol levels so the person using it gets the effect of alcohol without drinking as much. This, in turn, could help prevent or treat cirrhosis and other alcohol-related conditions as well.
We know that inflammation is a big cause of numerous diseases and the immediate go-to is typically an over-the-counter synthetic medication. However, kudzu may be an alternative option. In a research published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, researchers concluded that not only did it reduce inflammation, but it exhibited antioxidant properties, making it a possible alternative to commercial medication.
Kudzu is a remedy for an upset stomach caused by digestive issues. It helps improve bowel movements and can ease digestion. Combining kudzu with umeboshi plum works, because the umeboshi plum neutralizes excess acid, a much needed result since too much acid can cause diarrhea.
Kudzu is thought to help in the treatment of menopausal and pre-menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, due to its estrogen-like characteristics. Though research on kudzu for symptoms of menopause has been conflicting, some studies suggest that taking kudzu by mouth can reduce hot flashes and improve vaginal dryness in women going through menopause.