Kudzu Vine (ge gen)

Nature: Cool; sweet and bitter; attributive to spleen and stomach.


Kudzu Vine / Pueraria Radix

(ge gen) 葛根


 

Nature: Cool; sweet and bitter; attributive to spleen and stomach.

 

Characteristics: Roots of a woody vine, very starchy, a general drug used both as food and medicine. Simple decoctions of kudzu vine are effective in relaxing tension and relieving pain in tight, aching neck and shoulder muscles caused by summer colds of wind-heat conditions.

 

Therapeutic effects: Expel common cold with fever, headache, stiffness and back pain; let out skin eruption in measles and rashes; for diarrhea of dampness-heat type; promote the production of body fluid to quench thirst for internal heat; treat tinnitus and coronary heart disease; antidote to drug and alcohol poisoning.