The bane of the south, a creeping ivy that has no natural predators. Not for long, though. Kudzu has enormously beneficial properties that, in my wildest fantasies, would pay farmers more than their tobacco crop. Wouldn’t that be nice?
However, the medicinal benefits of the American variety has not yet been proven by 2,000 years of clinical observation and so we continue to use the Chinese variety (as 5:1 potency extract powder) in the formulas available at Eagle Herbs.
The three kudzu formulas that we offer at Eagle Herbs are best used for the following:
Kudzu overwhelming unknown structures on a hillside.
When it comes to how something works, modern scientific biomedicine is very keen to understand medicinal mechanisms. While it is true that traditional Chinese medicine doesn’t make use of microscopes or molecular models to explain the effect of our therapies, we do have a very well developed theoretical framework to explain the actions of herbs.
TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) gives herbs certain qualities such as its temperature, taste, and the channel and/or organ that the herb enters.
Herbs have a sort of thermal quality about them. For instance mint is cool and peppers are hot. Continue reading →
Up until very recently, Kudzu was considered in the USA to be an unfortunate agricultural problem of the south, where this ivy has taken over millions of acres with no natural predators and a perfect climate in which to thrive. However with recent research into its effect on the metabolism of alcohol in human test subjects, science may end up reclassifying this “weed” as our newest “wonder drug”.
Kudzu in Biomedical Research
A big health news story came out recently that reported that Ge Gen / Kudzu (Rx. Pueriariae) was shown to be effective in lowering alcohol consumption in humans. While there is some controversy regarding the mechanism of this action, it is generally considered a positive finding that less desire for alcohol is a good thing no matter how you slice it. In particular, this research says: Continue reading →