What is it?
These entries are from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website, which is free and available to all at www.MSKCC.org/AboutHerbs, and available in book form. Last updated: October 2012.
Does it work?
In vitro studies have shown that kudzu has antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory properties. It also suppressed alcohol intake. One clinical trial showed that kudzu may affect cognitive function in postmenopausal women. Patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers should discuss with their physicians before using kudzu as isoflavones can promote the growth of certain breast cancer cells.
Is it safe?
Do not take kudzu if you have hypersensitivity to this product, if you have hormonal-sensitive types of cancer, if you are taking tamoxifen because the isoflavones in kudzu may antagonize the effects of tamoxifen used for estrogen-dependent breast cancer, if you are taking antidiabetic medication, as kudzu can increase its activity or if you are taking methotrexate (when given together, a root decoction of Kudzu reduces its elimination resulting in an increase in the level of methotrexate in rats).
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Pueraria montana var. thomsonii