Overview

Kudzu (Pueraria montana) is a climbing vine native to Asia. It's now an invasive vine in the US. The root, flower, and leaf are used as medicine.

Kudzu contains ingredients that might counteract the effects of alcohol. It might also have effects like estrogen.

People use kudzu for alcohol use disorder, heart disease, diabetes, menopausal symptoms, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse kudzu with arrowroot, arum, cassava, wahoo, or zedoary. These are not the same.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Possibly Effective for

  • Alcohol use disorder. Taking kudzu by mouth might help heavy drinkers consume less alcohol. But kudzu doesn't seem to decrease the craving for alcohol or improve sobriety in people with alcohol use disorder.
There is interest in using kudzu for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Kudzu is possibly safe when used for up to 4 months. It's usually well-tolerated.

Special Precautions and Warnings

When taken by mouth: Kudzu is possibly safe when used for up to 4 months. It's usually well-tolerated.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if kudzu is safe to use when pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bleeding or blood clotting disorders: Kudzu might slow blood clotting. It might make bleeding and blood clotting disorders worse.

Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Kudzu might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don't use kudzu.

Liver disease: Taking kudzu might harm the liver. People with liver disease or a history of liver disease should avoid kudzu.

Surgery: Kudzu might affect blood sugar levels and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking kudzu at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Estrogens interacts with KUDZU

    Kudzu might act like estrogen in the body. This might increase or decrease the effects of estrogen medications.

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with KUDZU

    Kudzu might slow blood clotting. Taking kudzu along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.

  • Methotrexate (Trexall, others) interacts with KUDZU

    Kudzu might decrease how fast the body gets rid of methotrexate. This might increase the risk of methotrexate side effects.

  • Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) interacts with KUDZU

    Tamoxifen is used to help treat and prevent cancers that are affected by estrogen. Kudzu might act like estrogen in the body. By affecting estrogen in the body, kudzu might decrease the effects of tamoxifen.

  • Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with KUDZU

    Kudzu might harm the liver. Some medications can also harm the liver. Taking along with a medication that can harm the liver might increase the risk of liver damage.

  • Caffeine interacts with KUDZU

    Kudzu might decrease how quickly the body breaks down caffeine. This might increase the risk of caffeine side effects, such as jitteriness, headache, fast heartbeat, and others.

    Minor Interaction

    Be watchful with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with KUDZU

    Kudzu might lower blood sugar levels. Taking kudzu along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.

Dosing

Kudzu extract and powder have been taken by mouth by adults in varying doses. There isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of kudzu might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

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