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 Chinese 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.

 

 

Kudzu Ginger Tea
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Kudzu Ginger Tea
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. 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.
Recipe Notes

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.

Primary season: Spring

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