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Pueraria Lobata Root

Veterinarian Reviewed on January 9, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Pueraria lobata Root


Pueraria lobata can also be called Kudzu; it is a plant that is native to both Southern Japan and parts of southeast China. It is a long and intricate climbing vine that coils and trails. It is also known by other names like “mile-a-minute vine” and “foot-a-night vine’ because of its ability to grow out of control in a very short time span.

The Pueraria lobata root is just one of the parts of the Pueraria lobata plant that is used for herbal remedies. The Pueraria lobata plant is cooked and eaten in China where it is also used as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. In other parts of the world, the Pueraria lobata is considered an invasive species since it can grow, spread and multiply at an alarming rate.

History and Origin

The Pueraria lobata root as well as the entire plant is used in ancient Japanese and Chinese medicine. The kudzu is derived from a Japanese name ‘kuzu’. It is mainly combined with other herbs to enhance certain properties, such as its vasodilatory properties and its ability to lower a person’s blood pressure.

Ancient Uses

During ancient times, the ancient Chinese were the first to use the therapeutic properties of the Pueraria lobata root. The vine was also used as a feed for livestock and is also woven to make baskets and bags. The vine is very strong and may resist wear and tear. The plant can be cooked and eaten while the seeds are eaten as a staple food as well.

Modern Uses

In modern times, the Pueraria lobata root is used as a treatment for fever and diabetes. It is known to be effective in releasing body toxins and removing waste products from within the blood stream.
It can also be beneficial for people who are suffering from diarrhea, dysentery, indigestion, stomach pain and many other illnesses of the gastrointestinal system. Experts also found that Pueraria lobata root has vasodilatory properties that can decrease blood pressure, decrease blood cholesterol levels and can relieve migraine headaches as well. It has a positive effect on the circulatory system and can be a treatment for people who are suffering from angina pectoris and people who are diagnosed with myocardial infarction.

The therapeutic abilities of Pueraria lobata root are available in supplements, extracts and also n capsule form. It can also be available in powder form that can be combined with other herbs for an herbal formula.

Pueraria lobata root is eaten in many Asian cuisines and in Japan where it is considered to be a good source of starch. It is used to make desserts like kuzumochi, mizu manjū, and kuzuyu.

Side Effects

Pueraria lobata root is not recommended to be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Although the use of this herb is considered safe it is still better to be safe than sorry when it comes to side effects. The use of Pueraria lobata root as a treatment for your illness must be consulted first with your doctor or herbal specialist. Ask for your appropriate dose and about whether there are any possible adverse reactions to the medicines you may be taking currently. Be safe when using herbal remedies and buy only from reputable sources.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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