Japanese Arrowroot - Very Useful Herb for Liver Health Problems
Pueraria lobata Fabaceae Also called Kudzu.
Native to semi-tropical regions of Asia, Japanese arrowroot is a climber that can reach 30m, Its dark green leaves are composed ~f three lobes and are held on long leafstalks. Japanese arrowroot has been a feature of Chinese medicine since 200 BC, but it is more ~ften grown as a cooking ingredient. Its yellowish, light brown roots are cylindrical. Its fruits are seedpods' containing black seeds.
The plant contains numerous active elements including isoflavonoids (daidzein, daidzin, puerarin), coumarins and saponins.
Japanese arrowroot protects the liver and helps the body to metabolise alcohol. Japanese research published in 1998 verified this, suggesting that the protective action on the liver was due to several saponins.
Japanese arrowroot is also reputed to suppress the craving for alcohol. American research published in1998 showed that puerarin, daidzin, and daidzein decreased alcohol consumption in alcoholpreferring rats.
It has been demonstrated that the plant affects the hormonal system in a similar way to oestrogen and it is recommended for balancing the hormones during the menopause.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT liver ailments, hormonal disorders during the menopause and alcohol dependency
DRY EXTRACT Take 300mg, three to six times a day.
LIQUID EXTRACT Put 60 drops into a glass of water. Take three to six times a day.
Plant in well-drained soil, preferably in the sun. Sow seeds in spring at 13-18"C - soaked seeds are best.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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