Kudzu is a woody, climbing plant known as a vine for its peculiarity of invasively clinging to fences or trees. Thus installed, it can climb to heights varying from 20 to 30 meters. Kudzu originates from deep, fleshy and voluminous roots which sometimes reach 180 kg. The leaves are deciduous and has three leaflets which can also be lobed and fitted with petioles. While the small sized pink to purple papilionaceous flowers all cluster in a beautiful terminal cluster and are very fragrant. As for the kudzu fruit, it has the appearance of a very elongated, flattened and narrow pod that holds about ten seeds.
It originated in East Asia in parts of the Far East as well as the Western Pacific, China, Japan and Korea, Viet Nam, and New Caledonia. Then the kudzu spread throughout the Southeastern United States, Ukraine and South Africa. It can grow in all kinds of lands, and climates, but its preference goes to disturbed places with lots of sun and temperate climates. The kudzu is a vine cataloged as invasive by all countries, as soon as it takes its ease, it has the specificity of growing more or less twenty meters per season.
Kudzu its composition
The roots contain many compounds with flavonoids and anti-free radicals such as isaflavone, daidzein, daidzine, genistein, as well as formonotein and puerarin.
Kudzu thus includes coumarins, melatonin and estrogens, beta-sitosterol and phytosterols.
Rich in starch, vitamin B1, saponosides (glucosidic triterpene), but also proteins, sugars, minerals with calcium and phosphorus and kasseïne.
Its medicinal virtues
Kudzu draws its therapeutic sources in Chinese medicine which used it in addictions, taken up by scientists, studies have found that alcohol and nicotine have an impact on the same nerve receptors, and that the kudzu were acting on this receptor. Therefore, it has been certified by many researchers that taken as a cure allows for a significant reduction in addiction and consumption of drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
By this action on these nervous receptors as well as the pineal gland, it allows a de-stressing and relaxing activity on the central nervous system.
Kudzu by its different compounds allows it to have medicinal properties in other areas with its action on the pancreas in cases of diarrhea and colitis, but also by reducing the level of bad cholesterol.
It benefits by relieving and easing muscle stiffness that often affects the shoulders as well as the neck and back.
Kudzu has the potential to stimulate the blood vessel flow in the brain, a milestone in arteriosclerosis disease.
Several studies are currently underway on the possible impact of kudzu on cognitive functions in the face of Alzheimer's disease. But it has already been established that it eliminates heavy sweating, a decrease in cases of fever and finally a reduction in eye pressure.
Kudzu other uses
Kudzu has been used for more than two hundred, in the Chinese diet, these leaves are used in various salads, these flowers are presented in donuts, and these roots are first-class starches, powdered they can even serve as confectionery, but also as a pancake, porridge or tofus.