Overview

Kudzu is a vine. Under the right growing conditions, it spreads easily, covering virtually everything that doesn't move out of its path. Kudzu was introduced in North America in 1876 in the southeastern U.S. to prevent soil erosion. But it spread quickly and overtook farms and buildings, leading some to call to kudzu "the vine that ate the South."

Kudzu's root, flower, and leaf are used to make medicine.

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

How does it work ?

There is information that suggests kudzu contains ingredients that counteract alcohol. It might also have effects like estrogen. Chemicals in kudzu might also increase blood circulation in the heart and brain.

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