Kudzu root tea (葛根茶, Gé Gēn Chá) is made from the root of Pueraria lobata.
Kudzu root is traditional Chinese medicine. In ancient China, kudzu root was selected as “official medicine” and presented as a tribute to emperors and nobles.
Table of Contents
- What Is Kudzu Root
- How to Make Kudzu Root Tea
- Benefits of Kudzu Root Tea
- Side Effects of Kudzu Root Tea
What Is Kudzu Root
Kudzu root is the root of Pueraria lobata. Pueraria lobata is mainly distributed in East Asia and Southeast Asia and is a commonly used plant in China, Japan, and Korea. It is a perennial vine and usually takes 2-3 years to grow before it is harvested.
Every winter, Pueraria lobata has stopped growing and entered a dormant period. This is the best time to harvest it. Dig out its root, wash, slice, and dry it. Then it can be used as a medicine.
Because of the high edible and medicinal value of Pueraria lobata, many mature industries have developed around Pueraria lobata, such as kudzu root tea, kudzu root powder, kudzu root rice, kudzu root vermicelli, etc. In southern China, kudzu root is a very common ingredient, which is often used for making soup.
How to Make Kudzu Root Tea
Put 9-15g of kudzu root into boiling water to brew for 3-5 minutes to drink. Kudzu root can be brewed many times.
Kudzu root tea looks light yellow and tastes a little bitter. You can add sugar and honey according to your taste. It can be also be brewed with other herbs, such as wolfberry, jujube, tangerine peel, hawthorn, etc.
After brewing, don’t throw away the brewed kudzu root. It still contains a lot of nutrients and you can chew it.
If possible, it’s better to boil kudzu root for a few minutes, so that the effective ingredients can be better dissolved in the tea.
Besides, the benefits of kudzu root powder are the same as that of kudzu root tea. Just mix kudzu root powder and boiling water to stir them into a paste.
Benefits of Kudzu Root Tea
In China, kudzu root has the reputation of “thousand-year-old ginseng”. It contains 12% of flavonoids, such as puerarin, daidzein, etc., as well as trace elements such as protein, amino acids, iron, calcium, copper, selenium, etc., which are necessary for the human body. It is suitable for all ages.
Kudzu root is not only rich in nutrition but also has excellent medicinal value. As early as the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), the prescription of kudzu root decoction was included in the <Shanghan Lun> written by Zhang Zhongjing. With the development of medicine, more and more benefits of Kudzu root have been discovered by people.
Benefits of kudzu root tea:
- Protect liver
- Hangover cure
- Provide nutrients
- Nourish stomach
- Strengthen heart
- Prevent osteoporosis
- Boost immune system
- Treat menopausal syndrome
- Lower blood pressure and blood sugar
The flavonoids contained in kudzu root can improve the activity of NK cells and block the possibility of canceration of cells. It has a good effect of inhibiting gastric cancer and lung cancer.
Kudzu root can improve the detoxification function of the liver, promote the regeneration of liver cells, repair damaged liver cells, and make the liver function in a normal state. In addition, it can promote bile secretion, which can reduce the accumulation of cholesterol and lipids in the liver.
Kudzu root can inhibit the activity of alcohol in the human body to reduce its damage to the brain and liver and reduce the absorption rate of alcohol in the stomach and intestines.
The flavonoids and puerarin contained in kudzu root can improve the oxygen metabolism of the myocardium, dilate blood vessels, and regulate microcirculation, which can prevent heart diseases such as myocardial infarction, myocardial ischemia, arrhythmia, etc.
Kudzu root can slow down the aging of bone tissue cells, help the absorption of calcium, and prevent osteoporosis.
Boost Immune System
Kudzu root can regulate the function of the human body and improve the body’s disease resistance.
Treat Menopausal Syndrome
Kudzu root can effectively regulate the endocrine and has a good effect of reducing the symptoms of menopausal syndromes, such as insomnia, dreaminess, dizziness, restlessness, depression, and so on.
Lower Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar
Puerarin can inhibit the excessive secretion of plasma endothelin to lower blood pressure. Other flavonoids can not only lower cholesterol and lipids from the blood but also promote insulin secretion and prevent blood sugar from rising.
Almost everyone can drink kudzu root tea. It is especially suitable for patients with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, menopausal women, long-term smokers and drinkers, middle-aged and elderly people.
Side Effects of Kudzu Root Tea
Kudzu root tea has almost no side effects, but some special people are not suitable to drink it.
- Pregnant women are not suitable to drink it.
- People with stomach disease or a weak stomach are not suitable to drink it.
- Patients with hypotension and hypoglycemia are not suitable to drink it.
- The medicinal property of kudzu root tea is cold, so women during menstruation should less drink kudzu root tea.