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Amazing Health Benefits of Kuzu Root

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Amazing Health Benefits of Kuzu Root

Kuzu, or known in America as kudzu root, has been prized for its medicinal properties in China and Japan for thousands of years. In America we know it as “the weed that ate Dixie” covering most of our southern states and proving impossible to eradicate. It was first brought to the U.S. in 1876 as part of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia by the Japanese government as part of their garden display. Later kuzu was used in the U.S. for erosion control and that’s when it spread its 200 pound roots and flourished. In 1972 the USDA officially declared kuzu to be a weed and set about researching methods for its destruction. Meanwhile, those in the know pay top dollar for kuzu root to be imported to the U.S. for cooking and medicinal purposes.

A member of the legume family, the kuzu root produces a starch-like powder that can be used as a thickening agent in place of cornstarch or arrowroot powder. The rubber-like kuzu vines are used to make strong baskets and the leaves can be eaten and used in recipes. Clinical studies, done in China, have shown that kuzu root preparations can reduce high blood pressure, relieve chronic migraines and ease aches in the shoulders and neck. The flavonoids in kuzu have been shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of blood clots, and protect against heart disease. As reported by Harvard medical researcher Wing-Ming Keung, kuzu can curb the desire for alcohol and help heal the organs damaged by alcoholism.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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9:18AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Hope someone will pounce on this information and come up with the medicines QUICK!

6:27PM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

So, with all the kudzu I see climbing over the landscape in the U.S., why are we North Americans importing kuzu from the Orient?

1:52PM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

Really great info....but I couldn't find the 10 foods that lower cholesterol

6:29AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Thanks for the info!

12:45AM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

How interesting Thanks

10:44PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

"People in the know import it to the US"?? Why? there is so much here? Is there a difference?
Hmmmm.... Thanks!

3:03AM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

Wow, had no idea that kudzu root had medicinal and healing properties! I must see if it's available in South Australia...

3:46PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

Thanks !!!

12:14PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

It would worthwhile to give it a chance.

8:36AM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

wow I am going to have to check this out further

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