Kudzu (Pueraria lobata)
August 30, 2014
While most attention is on the root of this plant, I am currently exploring the use of the flower. In the Chen & Chen Materia Medica it is listed in the supplement section on Kudzu Root. This excerpt is on page 83 of Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by Chen & Chen.
“Ge Hua, the flower derived from the same plant as Ge Gen, is usually harvested as a bud, or before it completely blossoms. It was first cited in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica) in the second century. It is sweet, neutral and enters the stomach channel. It increases the metabolism of alcohol, relieves hangover and promotes the process of regaining sobriety. Common clinical applications include: excessive intake of alcohol, headache, fever, irritability, thirst, chest and abdominal fullness and distention, lack of appetite, vomiting of sour fluids.” pg 83