Kudzu is a vine that spreads very easily and covers virtually everything in its way. It was introduced in North America during the nineteenth century when its main purpose was the prevention of soil erosions. Kudzu originates from China where its leaf, root and flowers have been used for centuries to treat alcoholism and make certain types of medicines.
Nowadays it is very efficient in the treatment of alcoholism and the reduction of symptoms alcohol hangover. Besides the obvious benefits for those who indulge in alcohol consumption it can also be used for the treatment of dizziness, upset stomach, headache, vomiting, high blood pressure, chest pain, sinus infections, irregular heartbeat, hay fever, flu, the common cold, swine flu, itchiness, psoriasis, allergic skin rash and various other heart, circulatory, upper respiratory and skin problems. There are also cases where kudzu has been used for the treatment of gastritis, muscle pain, dysentery, fever, thirst, menopause symptoms, measles, diarrhea, and neck stiffness. It can also be used orally to efficiently treat diabetes, poliomyelitis, migraine, encephalitis, deafness and various types of traumatic injuries. It can be used intravenously for the treatment of a blood clot induces stroke.
Kudzu contains certain ingredients that counteract alcohol, have an estrogen-like effect and increase the blood circulation. Puerarin that is commonly found in kudzu improves the symptoms and signs of chest pain. Kudzu extract is very beneficial for those who are trying to quit drinking alcohol, although it does not improve sobriety or decrease alcohol craving in people who suffer from chronic alcoholism. Kudzu can be taken orally in order to positively affect the mental abilities of women who have had a menopause. Puerarin can be used intravenously to treat people who suffer an ischemic stroke which gets triggered by blood clots. Kudzu can also be used in various forms for the treatment of measles, dysentery, fever, thirst, cold, headache, upset stomach, vomiting, muscle pain, dizziness, alcohol hangover, dysentery, stomach inflammation, neck stiffness, flu, diarrhea, abnormal heart rate, dysrhythmia, high blood pressure and many other conditions. It can also be used to promote sweating.
Kudzu should not be used for longer than four months. There have been some cases where kudzu triggered certain allergic reactions. Sometimes it can also cause itching, nausea and the breaking of red cells inside blood vessels. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid kudzu. Kudzu can also slow the process of blood clotting and worsen bleeding and blood clotting disorders. Kudzu can also affect certain hormone-sensitive conditions.