Simple Herbal Extracts | Kudzu



Botanical Name

Pueraria montana lobata

Part Used




Traditional Information*

An aggressive weed that has taken over much of the southeastern United States. It is unfortunate that people are unfamiliar with this plant’s many uses. Instead of cursing the plant, we need to learn how to utilize this “gift” (frequently). Kudzu is a demulcent, antispasmodic, cardiotonic and decongestant. The root is used for torticollis, back spasms, angina pain, mild congestive heart failure, for sinus congestion, irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. The flowers are traditionally used for alcohol poisoning (hangovers) and the root has shown some ability to reduce alcohol cravings.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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