By James Madeiros
Hangover cures have been a popular topic for the alcohol-drinking public for around 2,000 years, which is about how long the kudzu flower has been part of the Chinese herbal arsenal against the aftermath of alcohol.
Not to be mistaken with the kudzu root, which is used to suppress alcohol intake, the kudzu flower is believed to help ease the symptoms of a hangover, including dizziness, headache, upset stomach and vomiting.
Tests have identified several different chemical compounds in kudzu that may aid in the more efficient removal of toxins such as acetaldehyde that are created when the body breaks down alcohol. The name of the Chinese kudzu-flower tea brewed to create this magical effect actually translates to “sober up,” which arguably adds a certain amount of weight to the claim.
The flipside of the argument is that no conclusive research has been conducted to indicate the kudzu flower has any curative properties, and the Food and Drug Administration has never been big on weighing in on herbal remedies.
It has been established that partaking in a little kudzu is not going to hurt you, and ongoing studies indicate it may provide numerous health benefits. Knowing this and considering the fact that kudzu is a notorious invasive species that is literally overtaking the Southeastern United States, adding it as a dietary supplement could be doing you and your planet a favor.
Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).