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Health Benefits of Kudzu

Kudzu is a climbing, coiling, and trailing vine native to southern Japan and southeast China. Its name comes from the Japanese name for the plant, Kuzu.
Kudzu also contains a number of useful isoflavones, including daidzein (an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent).
Daidzin is a cancer preventive and is structurally related to genistein (an antileukemic agent). Kudzu is a unique source of the isoflavone puerarin. Kudzu root compounds can affect neurotransmitters (including serotonin, GABA, and glutamate.)

It has shown value in treating migraine and cluster headaches. It is recommended for allergies and diarrhea.

Alcoholism

Reduces cigarette and alcohol cravings.

Research performed in the U.S. suggests kudzu can be helpful in treating alcoholism by suppressing the desire for alcohol. It may as well be helpful in the treatment of extreme alcohol intoxication and symptoms and symptoms of hangovers.

Deafness

In one hospitalal trial, kudzu was used to treat sudden nerve deafness. More research is needed.

High Blood Pressure

Kudzu has no or little effect on blood pressure itself, but it is said to help treat symptoms of high blood pressure, including headdiscomfort, dizziness, and skin numbness.

Discomforts and Pains

Kudzu is particularly helpful in easing discomforts and pains in the neck muscles occurring right before a cold or caused by nervous tension.

Menopause

Kudzu may benefit menopausal symptoms.

Other

Kudzu may as well treatment diarrhea, be helpful in the treatment of glaucoma, and help in the prevention of type II diabetes, heart disease, and recurrences of shingles, genital herpes, and cold sores.

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