By T. K. Barwood
Kudzu is one of those weeds we all know and hate. Kudzu, if left to grow, can take over everything in a matter of months and devour homes in a couple of years, but it can be useful to you.
Kudzu can be your friend if you keep it maintained. When it was brought to the United States in 1876, it was used for soil erosion in the south. So the plant was let go to grow and hold the dirt in place, but eventually became to much for people to control and now is loathed.
The Chinese have been using kudzu as medicine since at least 200 BC. Chinese believe this is a essential plant to have on hand. It is preferred over many because there are little or no side effects known in using it. They use this plant to treat addicts and alcoholics. When the extract from kudzu was administered it decreased the amount of alcohol consumed. This allowed the addicts to ween themselves off of the dependency, decrease DT and give an easier recovery process. (webmd.com).
Kudzu is used to treat many things such as diabetes, kidney disease, hangovers, muscle pains, dysentery, stomach infection, colds and flus just to name a few. But there are many treatments given in injection form today from the kudzu chemical called puerarin. It is used for chest pains, strokes, back pains etc. All from the dreadful plant we see taking over the trees on the highway.
Kudzu leaves and roots are the only parts used. Teas are made from the fresh picked leave to help with that New Years hangover, funny!!!! Anyway the leaves can be used fresh or dried turned in powder; the root is dried and powdered. The powder can be taken is capsules and used as a daily regiment to stop reoccurring cold sores, shingles and genital herpes. Please remember to always consult your doctor before starting a natural supplement.
Till next week, “Love your weeds!!!”
Guest writer T.K. Barwood