Kudzu, kuzu, pueraria or ge gen–it’s all the same thing. This amazing vine that is taking over the south, leaving areas looking like something out of a Miyazaki film. Ge gen, the primary herb in Ge Gen Wan and Kudzu Releasing, has been used for centuries in Asian medicine for releasing Wind and freeing up the neck. Today it also be researched in treatment for alcoholism and hypertension. It is also used to keep estrogen from triggering breast cysts. This is a warming tea, so use with caution if you have heat rising in the upper body.
Crush or grind kudzu if it is in large chunks. Dissolve kudzu in hot water add in ginger and ume vinegar to taste. Add in a bit of honey, if necessary.
Enjoy--you will soon be very warm and have a more relaxed neck.
Health benefits and energetics: Ginger warms and stimulates digestion, and also releases exterior Wind. Kudzu, detoxifies and releases the muscles of the neck and shoulders and moves out Wind as well.
Diplomate, Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl. ABT NCCAOM)
Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CHN)
AOBTA Certified Instructor & Practitioner
I have been practicing and teaching since 1994. I maintain my private therapy practice at Pulse Holistic Health offer Amma Therapy, Holistic Nutrition therapy sessions and classes for the public. In 2016, I started teaching Amma therapy apprentices again. I write regularly and offer classes in continuing education and for the public.