A recent study shows that treatment from kudzu root may be helpful in reducing alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers. The study by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers found that an extract of the Chinese herb kudzu can dramatically reduce drinking and may be useful in the treatment of alcoholism and curbing binge drinking.
“Our study is further evidence that components found in kudzu root can reduce alcohol consumption and do so without adverse side effects,” said David Penetar, PhD, of the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital.
Other studies have shown that kudzu root (pueraria lobata) also leads to significantly reduced alcohol consumption. Since kudzu root reduces the amount of alcohol consumed it may be effective as hangover prevention. However, kudzu root is not effective as a hangover cure when taken the morning after drinking. The traditional Chinese cure for hangover is kudzu flower (pueraria flos).
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