Kudzu (Pueraria lobata, and possibly other species in the genus Pueraria; see taxonomy section below) is a plant in the genus Pueraria in the pea family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. It is a climbing, coiling, and trailing vine native to southern Japan and southeast China.
Food features:The roots contain starch, which has traditionally been used as a food ingredient in East Asia.
Place of origin:It is a climbing, coiling, and trailing vine native to southern Japan and southeast China.
Dietotherapy function:Kudzu has traditionally been used as a remedy for alcoholism and hangover in China.The root was used to prevent excessive consumption, while the flower was supposed to detoxify the liver and alleviate the symptoms afterwards.Some TCM hangover remedies are marketed with kudzu as one of their active ingredients (e.g. Hangover Busters.)