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Alternative Names

Bidarikand, Daidzein, Fenge, Fen Ke, Ge Gen, Gange, Isoflavones, Indian Kudzu, Japanese Arrowroot, Kwaao Khruea, Kakkon, Mealy Kudzu, Pueraria, Red Indian Kudzu, Radix Puerariae, Thai Kudzu, Vigne Kudzu, Vidarikand, White Indian Kudzu, Yege

Scientific Name

Pueraria Lobata

Why Do People Use Kudzu?

Oral preparations of Pueraria lobata (Kudzu), like kudzu powder, are used for a number of purposes. Kudzu for alcoholism, stomachache, headaches, for drunkenness, dizziness and vomiting. Kudzu is also uses orally for myalgia, menopause, hypertension, pruritus, urticaria, allergic rhinitis, migraine, arrhythmia, sinusitis, traumatic injuries, thirst, diarrhea, diabetes, deafness, cold and neck stiffness are the main uses of kudzu powder. Some other advantages of kudzu powder usage are for encephalitis, polio myelitis, swine flu, flu (influenza), as a diaphoretic, for dysentery, measles, fever, gastritis, angina pectoris and psoriasis. Intravenously - The constituent of kudzu named as puerarin is utilized for ischemic stroke.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Oral and appropriate consumption of kudzu powder is considered safe. Kudzu root powder seems non-toxic for up to four months. Intravenous and appropriate usage of kudzu also seems to be safe. The kudzu constituent puerarin has been safely utilized in studies lasting up to 1-3 weeks. However, puerarin has been linked with serious side effects like intravascular hemolysis. Avoid In Lactation & Breast Feeding - Kudzu root powder should be avoided by breastfeeding and pregnant females because is scarce information available to rate its safety in above conditions.

How Effective Is Kudzu?

There is scarce and unauthentic information available to rate effectiveness of Pueraria lobata for following conditions: • Kudzu for alcoholism • Angina • Ischemic stroke • Menopausal symptoms

How Kudzu Works?

The most effective parts of Pueraria lobata are its flowers, root and leaves. Kudzu contains isoflavones including daidzein, genistein, daidzin, genistin and puerarin. ` ` Extract of kudzu or individual isoflavones, for example, daidzin reliably decreases voluntary alcohol intake in rat models of alcoholism. Extract of kudzu, daidzin and daidzein diminish alcohol utilization and reduce sleep time in alcohol-craving animals. Other studies also recommend that kudzu root powder may have antioxidant impacts and accelerate the metabolism of toxic alcohol metabolites. There are some studies indicating that puerarin, a constituent of kudzu, may diminish anxiety sentiments related with extraction of alcohol. Research in animal model of stroke recommend that ethanolic extract of kudzu root can build levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which may enhance post-stroke depression. Isoflavone constituents have both antiestrogenic and estrogenic effects like specific estrogen receptor modulators. These phytoestrogens may have synergistic or additive impacts with one another. Kudzu root powder may show impacts on the cardiovascular systems as well. Initial research proposes that kudzu root powder has a defensive impact against myocardial ischemia. Puerarin appears to decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure and reduce myocardial oxygen utilization. Puerarin may have vasorelaxant properties potentially by blocking beta-adrenergic receptors. There are also some confirmation that puerarin may diminish angiotensin II, platelet aggregation and plasma renin activity. The constituent of kudzu called daidzein may additionally have antiarrhythmic properties. In ischemic stroke, puerarin may diminish the injury of ischemic reperfusion by expanding cerebral vessels to enhance blood flow lessen platelet aggregation, expanding superoxide dismutase movement and also inhibiting free radical production. Kudzu or its constituents may have hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic and cell reinforcement action. Kudzu root powder additionally may have antipyretic impacts, conceivably through the impact of puerarin on serotonin receptors. Initial research also recommends that puerarin and kudzu both induce and hinder cytochrome P450 isoenzymes.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Kudzu?

Orally - There is no side effects reported by the oral usage of kudzu. However, there is a case reported where using the mixture of herbal product containing kudzu (Kakkonto) resulted in maculopapular eruption, which first began at thighs and then over the whole body. Intravenously - The kudzu constituent puerarin has been related with nausea and itching. It can also lead to intravascular hemolysis.

How Kudzu Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

There are some herb & supplements which may interacts with Pueraria lobata: • Antiplatelet or Anticoagulant Containing Supplements & Herbs • Hypoglycemic Potential Effects containing Supplements & Herbs • Herbs with Estrogenic Activity Effects

How Kudzu Interacts With Drugs?

Kudzu powder may interact with following drugs: • Antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs • Antidiabetic drugs • Contraceptive drugs • Estrogens • Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, MTX) • Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)

How Kudzu Interacts With Foods?

There is no known interaction between kudzu and various food items.

How Kudzu Interacts With Lab Tests?

Blood Glucose - Kudzu root powder may be responsible for lessening the blood glucose levels and concerned test results. Kudzu constituents have hypoglycemic effects in animals. Serum Cholesterol - Pueraria lobata may responsible for lessening serum cholesterol level and related test results. Kudzu constituents have serum cholesterol lowering properties in animals models.

How Kudzu Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Bleeding Disorders - Kudzu isoflavones may have antiplatelet effects. Root powder of kudzu may interfere with anticoagulant therapies. Cardiovascular Conditions - Root powder of kudzu may affect the cardiovascular treatments. Kudzu extracts may also have antiarrhythmic, hypotensive and vasodilatory effects in animals. Diabetes - Root powder of Kudzu may decrease blood glucose levels, thereby requiring dose adjustment of diabetes drug therapy. Its constituents have hypoglycemic activity in animal model. Hormone Sensitive Conditions or Cancers - Root powder of kudzu may have estrogenic impacts. Those female who are having hormone conditions should discontinue kudzu. Side effects caused by kudzu include uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, cancer, uterine fibroids and ovarian cancer.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Kudzu?

ORAL To treat alcoholism, root powder of kudzu should be orally taken in a dosage of 1.2 grams two times in whole day. Particular extract of kudzu (called as NPI-031, Natural Pharmacia Int.) should be used in 500 mg dosage thrice every day. Such type of extract is standardized to contain 2% daidzein, 4% daidzin and 19% puerarin. For the remedy of menopausal problems, powder of kudzu with mixture of 100 mg isoflavones dissolved in water should be used once on whole day and this practice should be continue for consecutively three months. Intravenous - To cure ischemic stroke, kudzu extract puerarin should be administered in a dose of 200 mg once every day and this practice should be continued for 15 days.


Kudzu has been utilized in Chinese medicine since at least 200 BC. Before 600 AD it was utilized for alcoholism treatment.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Kudzu Root Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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