Kudzu herbal extract reduced binge d
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Kudzu herbal extract reduced binge drinking


Herbal Researchers at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School have discovered that herbal extract of the Chinese herb Kudzu may help to curb binge drinking. The team found that active ingredients in the kudzu root can significantly reduce alcohol consumption, without adverse effects. The study is published in the current issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

David Penetar, Ph.D., of the Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital explained:`

"Our study is further evidence that
active ingredients found in kudzu root can reduce alcohol consumption and do so without adverse side effects. Further research is needed, but this botanical medication may lead to additional methods to treat alcohol abuse and dependence."

The researchers enrolled 10 men and women in their 20s who consumed alcohol on a weekly basis in order to determine whether the isoflavone puerarin, one of the major components of the kudzu root, would reduce alcohol consumption. 

The team selected puerarin, as it is less potent than other parts of the kudzu plant, and has few adverse effects. In addition, the safety and efficacy of puerarin has already been established in humans.