Kudzu as a treatment for alcoholism

You’ve made the decision to cut down on your drinking. At this point, you may be wondering “is there anything that I can take that could help me with my cravings?”

Currently a few drugs are popular for the treatment of alcoholism – Naltrexone, Acamprosate, and Disulfiram. None are always effective or appropriate.

Common side effects include diarrhoea, dyspepsia (indigestion), headache, nausea and vomiting, rash, and itching. More severe side effects have been associated with these drugs which cause suspicion as to whether they are doing more harm than good.

kudzu reduces alcohol consumptionThe pharmaceutical industry has little to offer for keeping alcoholics sober. Herbal medicines, on the other hand, have shown more promising and dramatic results. However, for profiteering reasons, it is not likely that drug companies or your doctor will provide herbal alternatives.

The herb Kudzu can cut consumption of alcohol in half perfectly safely without the side effects of drugs. It has been used to reduce drinking in China since 600 A.D. Scientists have found the herb to be effective in reducing alcohol intake in rats.

Recently, studies have shown evidence that Kudzu can reduce drinking in humans. Essentially, kudzu increases blood alcohol concentration so that people need less alcohol to feel its effects. People feel satisfied on fewer drinks.

So, where can you find some? David Lee, a chemist on the McLean Hospital research team did assays on a variety of kudzu herb extracts from stores and websites and found that many of these products contained less than 1 percent of active kudzu, and thus were ineffective. Higher concentrations are needed – around 30-40 percent of one of Kudzu’s active ingredients (puerarin) is advised. Please be aware that the Kudzu capsules available in Holland & Barrett are only 7%. The tincture they sell is of course alcohol based (all tinctures are), at roughly 60% alcohol.

We’ve reviewed a number of online Kudzu suppliers, and this is the best we could find:

Planetary Herbals, Kudzu Recovery, 750 mg, 120 Tablets

Or read some more information about Kudzu.

Alternatively you can try Liv.52 – a herbal supplement proven to protect the liver from the damaging effects of alcohol. It assists in the process of detoxification also, in that it speeds up the elimination of acetaldehyde (which means your hangovers won’t be quite so nasty).

533 Comments

  1. Tracey 2 February, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Hi not sure if people start read this site but if they do I’m after a bit of advise please.

    I need to reduce the amount I drink in the week, and am thinking about using Kudzu tablets. Just a few questions please.

    Do I take the tablet every day?
    If I stop taking the tablet at the weekends can I drink more?

    Thank you.

  2. Islander 21 September, 2016 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to add that Kudzu is also working for me. I have been taking it for around 6 weeks -I no longer plan my life around booze like i used to. I would drink most days and would be in a stupor 2-3 times a week. Its as if the ‘wow’ factor just isnt there any more when I look at or drink alcohol. I now dont have any for 6 fays a week and do not miss it. I have a drink on a sturday night but actually feel a bit sick after 2 glasses, and the high feeling I used to get has gone, it makes me feel a bit depressed and actually wanting to sober up!! Now, if you knew anything about me you’d understand how crazy that is!

    If you are thinking of trying it, do. It may not work for everyone but it has been a game changer for me. I feel the best I’v done in about 5 years.

    • Danielle 16 October, 2016 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Hi, my partner is in the same situation. He has been an alcoholic for 10+ years. He now feels ready to give up the alcohol and has halved his intake himself over the last few weeks. I was hoping you could let me know how you used Kudzo (tablets, powder etc) and where you purchased it ?

      Many thanks.

      • Gail 17 October, 2016 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        Very helpful. I am having a hard time. This sounds like me. Where can you get this herb kudzu?

    • Gail 17 October, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Sounds like me.. I am so ready to try this. Any advise and where can I get this and how to take please.

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  4. Janice Lang 14 June, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    No one has asked the question about takin Kudzu while on opiates for chronic pain. Please advise

    • Tobin Hunt 16 June, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Unfortunately I’m not sure about the interaction – you would need to consult your physician.

  5. Michelle Ayliffe 4 December, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

    My ex partner is an alcoholic and when we was together a few years ago, I had given him Kudzu and put it in his food.The results were amazing, he immediately stopped being sick in the mornings, had a better appetite, and seemed to be drinking less.I’m planning to give Kudzu to him again.

    • Hilda Sungubele 24 March, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Hi Where can i get Kudzu am in Africa in zambia. My son is an alcoholic. hilsungu@yahoo.com

  6. Dee 28 November, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Please can you contact me Theresa, I hope everything is ok. You have my email address. xxx

  7. Emily 25 July, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Kudzu vines are eating Louisiana, and some other southern states are infested. You dig the roots at the end of Fall.

    I make a smoothie for myself for energy in the Eighties that prevented people from drinking at all, who were dead set on it. I made it for myself, shared it with them. Their love live was going to bars. They all reported to me that they COULD not drink when they had had my smoothie. At the time, a doctor told me to sip cognac (I don’t remember why), and I would find the shot glasses all over, where I had left them because I didn’t want to drink them. Go figure.
    AND a fellow who stayed with me for a while, who had the shake every day, said he had been drinking since he was 12 every day, and had not had a drink in two weeks, and had not even noticed that.
    This shake was so nourishing that, in south Florida, green strings of mold would appear on the blender jar unless you broke it down and soaked it thoroughly. I used grapefruit seed extract (which kills fungus and mold) on it.
    Problem is, it involved Protesoy protein powder. Hasn’t been on the market for many decades. Protesoy contained each of the 22 amino acids in the same ratios as the human body.
    You would have to use the closest protein powder to that you can find. You would have to pray the soy isn’t genetically modified, and you would have to make your own grapefruit juice because what’s in the store is harmful.
    Put frozen fruit in the blender (blueberries or strawberries or peaches, I used). Pour grapefruit juice just under the fruit line. Put 8 tablespoons of protein powder, and stir in so the blender doesn’t bind it to the glass when it starts. Turn on the blender, and drop ice cubes in until you have the consistency you want. I made ice cream consistency.

    I would often have one in the morning and one in the evening. You will sleep like a baby with no down time in the wee hours, wake totally refreshed; yet it gives energy in the day. Go figure.

    Next door was a kid who acted like a schizophrenic. He heard voices. He tried to kill his sister. He reported that he didn’t hear the voices when he had the smoothie.

    A medical person said this may work by stabilizing blood sugar – that the fruit would be short term, and the protein would be long term. I don’t know. But it worked every time on different people (100% effective 100% of the time) that it is worth trying.

    • Bee 20 April, 2016 at 1:17 am - Reply

      Emily: Thanks for all that info!!!! You lost me with the green strings of mold part tho. Can you list ingredients for your smoothie please? Do you harvest the Kudzu yourself? Do they sell the raw stuff in Louisiana?

      Thanks so much!!!

  8. Barbara Silano 22 May, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I’m just like all of you! Taking kudzu stopped drinking for a few months then started then stopped for a few weeks and started again, still taking kudzu. I never drank until I was 51 and I’m 60 now all my blood work is good but I want to stop I love Finlandia Vodka I don’t drink anything else except Grappa on occasion. It started when my father and daughter were sick and now he is gone and my daughter isn’t living with me and I”m all alone. I am a health nut, I grow my own vegetables and buy more organic everything make my own yogurt and cheese from grass fed goat milk. I don’t eat bread or anything made out of wheat and I don’t use milk, I make my own coconut milk. I am even doing the salt (himalayan) and vitamin C protocol for lyme disease.Don’t use any sugar, I use stevia if I want something sweet. Like what else can I do??? I take natural food b vitamins, D3, selenium, fish oils and 1000 mg. of magnesium everynight. In my yogurt I add b12 folic acid,Nalclytel carnitine. Why am I getting these cravings, why am I that depressed?

    • C. 24 November, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      I don’t know if this would help, but you could look into mucuna puriens (15-20% L-dopa). It supports dopamine. Could be tricky. Gotta keep dopamine in balance with serotonin. Might not be a fit for everyone, but there are some really encouraging online reviews for people with addiction.

      Might also be good to check vitamin D levels (a bit of a misnomer, as vit. D is actually a hormone).

      Sounds like you’re doing an extraordinary job!

      • AK 5 November, 2016 at 12:05 pm - Reply

        Mucuna pruriens doesn’t work for it, I’ve tried it.
        Rhodiola rosea however totally kills your buzz though and stops you getting drunk. I got through a two litre bottle of vodka one day wondering why I could barely register a buzz, then I remembered I had rhodiola a few hours before.
        Doesn’t do anything for cravings though, just ruins a good night, I was totally p***ed off when I realised.

    • Pencil 17 February, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Barbra you could try niacinamide, I have read it is as effective as benzodiazepine drugs for treating generalized anxiety disorder. https://raypeatforum.com/community/threads/research-on-niacinamide-nicotinamide-and-benzodiazepines.3585/
      Niacinamide is a B vitamin and these get depleted when drinking.

  9. trying so hard 11 April, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Hello so drink due to loneliness and depression. Just started kudzu and wellbrutrin to stop smoking.

    • Shay 15 February, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      How is that working I am starting the same things tomorrow for the same reasons

  10. Phathisa 8 March, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    I am familly man married with 3 children but my problem is my lovely mother,she drinks like no body business .The worst part of this i am not drinking because when i grew up i was looking at her she was not drinking the way she do now and at the moment she do funny things to other people there in the village and i am scared something is gona go wrong …since i came accross this herb thing i need help for my mother can i get this here in South Africa in CPT??

    PLEASE HELP THIS HERB CAN IT WORK IN SOMEONE AT 60’S IN AGE?

    • Dee 8 March, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

      Hello Phathisa, I have been drinking about 20yrs. I have tried everything, so I am trying kudzu again. This time from swanson company 500mg two to three times a day. Also I take milk thistle one or two a day. Only been taking for about two to three weeks. It is worth a try, I wish you all the best. I do not know long it takes to have an affect. I can let you know my progress. If anyone else out there can let us know that would be great.Regards.

  11. Dee 7 March, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Linda, sorry not keeping in touch. Been a crazy year. I have started the Swanson kudzu about two weeks ago. And milk thistle, things seem a bit different. How are you doing? What do you think about the kudzu?

  12. Dee 7 March, 2015 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Hello Amanda, read your comments about Swanson kudzu. I am trying the product for two weeks now. Things changing a bit, how are things with you. Regards.

  13. Noel 24 January, 2015 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Comment:
    ive been an habitual drinker for 50 years and over last 20 years with more time on my hands de to early retirement my drinking habits have gotten to degree of depenency I knew was not healthy, drinking daily until 10 days ago on average up to 7-10 standard drinks. Since 9/1/15 taking the recommended dosage of Kudzu 40% 2 capsules X 3 I did not have a single drink for a week then thought well I’ll try and see if I can resume as a moderate drinker and on day 8 had 5.4 SD’s , day 9 2 SDD’s and day 10 nil. I am amazed as in 50 years have never a such a low consumption over 10 days and its no doubt the effect of Kudzu and how it nullifies the craving for a drink at the end of the day. Ive never ever been so effected that I crave a drink earlier in the day but come 5 pm everthing changed. I think habit also contributes but the over riding factor was the desire/craving for a drink. Its early days but i’m certain that as a minimum I’ll reduce my weekly consumption to at least half and still be able to enjoy a social drink within the safe recommended consumption rate. Time will tell but the kudzu herb is something I didn’t think existed. Go to http://www.herbophesy.com.au to buy costs about A$50 for 100 capsules which last approx 1 month based on the recommended dosage. I feel some more in control of my life now and no longer reliant or dependant on something I know is not good if not consumed in moderation. God luck, try it you will not regret it.

  14. Hilda 21 January, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Greetings!
    Was just browsing, I came across this site. My son 23 Drinks Heavenly and un controllably. I taken him to the Rehab ,was there for 3 months Clean. When he came back He started Drinking,I sent hm to do a course in onother Country. He’s back! He is Drinking! Am jus trusting God for his Transformation. This KUdzu, Kratom where. Can I get it ,am in Zambia
    Thank tou

  15. kmac 15 September, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Mishy, that’s awesome!! I sent you an email. I am trying find help for my mother and my husband’s addictions. what is the best way to take the herbal treatment? like what combination of herbs works best? thank you so much. – kmac

  16. Dee 24 August, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Vee, I have been drinking for about 20years. I started using swanson kudzu about a week ago, 500mg capsules, not sure if it is working yet, do not know how long it takes! also take one L-glut tablet per day, let me know how you get on, would love to hear from all of you and how you are doing. I pray for us all. Kind regards Dee

  17. dw 17 August, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    hi Mishy
    could you please list the herbals that were successful for you?
    thanks so much

    • Wotnek 10 September, 2014 at 8:42 pm - Reply

      Hi there Mishy, I too am real keen to receive the list of herbs you took. If it worked for you it might just work for me too. That would be exciting 🙂

  18. Dee 7 August, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mishy, sorry its been a while, are you feeling any better? I need to try Kudzu again as I just cant get into the routine, I have to focus more. I will try and e-mail you tomorrow as my netbook is playing up. I am thinking of all you out there. Kind regards Dee

  19. Vee 3 August, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Hello everyone. I have been drinking every night for about the last 25 years (I am 56 years old and female.) My drinking comprises of maybe 1-2 glasses of wine and 2-3 whiskeys. Not outrageously over the top. My husband past away two years ago at age 54 of lung cancer. He was a heavy smoker and drinker (since high school) and the “vices” got the best of him. I recently have had “stomach issues” aka liver enzymes very high and bouts of pancreatitis. I stopped drinking for 9 days and pleasantly surprise had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. I am 100% Chinese and decided to go to San Francisco Chinatown to find fresh Kudzu Root. I used it in making herbal soup. I made one batch with pork and another with chicken. I started drinking 1-2 glasses of wine again but am cutting out the hard liquor to heal my inners. From all of my research I am also buying the Swanson Brand from Amazon. It is very reasonable and has great reviews. Good health to all of us.

    • Dee 1 March, 2015 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Vee, I have been drinking many years. Tried everything, been taking Swanson kudzu and milk thistle for about 1week and a half. Are you still taking it? Is it helping you? many people swear by it, others say pure willpower is needed.

  20. Xolisa 16 July, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I’got three brothers. All they are alcoholics. They are graduates but struggling with this deseases as a result they are not working. How can I get this herbal medicine (Kudzu ). I’m in South Africa. Please help me.

    • mishy 23 July, 2014 at 2:36 am - Reply

      xolisa go online to vitamin shoppe and get the pills.look for planetary herbals kudzu recovery

  21. Paul Kemp 20 June, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Hi:

    I would like to suggest an herb that has been used for many different kinds of addiction, including alcoholism. The herb is called Kratom and it is grown in Southeast Asia.

    Traditionally, kratom has been used in Thailand and Malaysia as a way to break the craving for opium and heroin. More recently it is being used to stave off the cravings for methadrine. (It is a very unusual herb, because it contains both stimulating alkaloids and relaxing ones, in addition to lowering blood pressure and relieving depression/anxiety.

    In the U.S. where I live, we are seeing hundreds of thousands of people getting off their antidepressants, opioid pain medications, sleeping pills, as well as alcohol. I sense that the pharmaceutical companies see kratom as a threat to their business and are trying to have it banned via a campaign of TV news reports, full of exaggerations and outright lies.

    Kratom is nothing like cannabis, but is more like a very satisfying, pain-relieving coffee, which it is related to (although kratom contains no caffeine).

    I understand that kratom is legal in the UK. I think you will find it a very helpful ally in the fight against alcoholism.

    • mishy 24 June, 2014 at 12:40 am - Reply

      where in the us can kratom be found?If at all.

  22. Dee 13 June, 2014 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Mishy, thankyou so much for your reply, I have been so busy and didnt check my netbook for ages, it keeps playing up. The network is awful sometimes, I still drink alot, every day, dont know if kudzu is helping, do you have any tips, I do hope you are well and shall think of you. Thanks so much for your replys. Dee

    • mishy 17 June, 2014 at 1:01 am - Reply

      dee,its ok if you still drink youll quit one day i know,it took me 23 years,maybe try a difrent sorse like gin or wine or somthing you dont like and then ween off it,or email me and i can really chat my advice if it helps michaelfmayes@yahoo.com

  23. peggy 28 May, 2014 at 12:59 am - Reply

    My hubsband is a very heavy drinker seven days a week he has quite serval times but goes back harder everytime so am going to try this hope it works lol k something got to give.

  24. Gee 12 May, 2014 at 2:10 am - Reply

    2 months on from taking these 3 times a day, every day, I’m still drinking 4-5 litres of beer a day.

  25. Dee 6 April, 2014 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Hello Mishy, how are you, I have alcohol cravings and drink every day, I tried kudzu and L-glut and chronium, how are you doing? I am 42yrs old, and so want to cut down. I wish you all the best.

    • mishy 7 May, 2014 at 3:41 am - Reply

      thanks dee it worked,,,holy crap I was scared but it all worked.Hebal is the way to go,My girlfriend is still upset and is just a friend but also is so proud and did not belive it worked ..I can give you a list of all the stuff i took it cost about 100 us dollars and lasted a month,it was worth it.

      • patty 13 May, 2014 at 11:15 pm - Reply

        I was wondering what herbs you took.

      • brian 24 July, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        Hi, mishy. I am a recovered alcoholic and work with many active alcoholics. I am not a medical professional, just a guy seeking better solutions for suffering addicts. I would very much like to take you up on your offer of “I can give you a list of all the stuff i took it cost about 100 us dollars and lasted a month,it was worth it.” Please respond to b1m1smith@gmail.com Thank you so much.

      • John 29 July, 2014 at 12:44 am - Reply

        What herbs did you take

        Thanks

      • Bob 30 June, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

        Hello Mishy, can you please send me what you have been taking? I want to quit drinking …

        Best of luck to you!

        Bob

      • Smcs 30 November, 2016 at 1:49 pm - Reply

        Hi, just wondering if it’s still working for you?

    • mishy 7 May, 2014 at 3:43 am - Reply

      oh dee the kudzu only works if you quit,otherwise it is a mild blood thinner and makes you cut down because you get drunker off less alcohol,thats what the chinese use it for.

    • John 29 October, 2015 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Hi, started taking swanson 500mg kudzu root today after hearing good things about it.

      I get really bad cravings which I find hard to fight and need something to help, hopefully this will allow me to cut down and gain some normality while I continue with my councillor

      The bottle recommend 1 or 2 capsules per day but reading some posts mention upto 2 caps 3 times a day????

      I read some folks have said it reduces cravings and other say it increases the effects of alcohol so you basically get drunk quicker so have less to drink overall, which is it?

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      • LML 16 June, 2016 at 12:04 am - Reply

        I have been taking kudzu in combination with vitamins and minerals as suggested in the book 7 Weeks to Sobriety, with which I have no connection, btw, except as a reader. I have cut back my alcohol consumption by 2/3. I was drinking about 3 4 oz shots of vodka every night. Now I am down to one, with minimal cravings.

        Kudzu helps (some) drinkers in two different ways: it does lessen cravings, but it also helps to prevent relapse or bingeing in those who have quit or cut back. It does this not by making one drunk faster (that was an early hypothesis that I think has been given up) but by preventing the release of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the brain chemical that not only makes us anticipate drinking with pleasure (we all know that longing/anticipation!) but it makes you want to have more and more of the thing. Our bodies and those of other animals use it to make us take advantage of scarce opportunities – like the chance to eat sugar for quick energy, or the chance to mate. It’s our bad luck that it works for alcohol (and other drugs) too.

  26. mishy 13 January, 2014 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I have successfully Quit Marijuana, cigarettes, and pills.I am an addict.I recently have been inter veined by my girlfriend,She told me horrible things i have said that i don’t remember,Although she is willing to wave it off to Demon Alcohol her wounds still bare scars…And I’m Sick of myself.So I researched herbal medicine and am going to take kudzu and L-glutimine and 5 ht amino acids..I drink 2 gallons of 8%beer A DAY….For 20 Years..If this works we are there my friends.FK the doctors we can do this..# 947-517-3809,Call me I need you, I live in U.S and I am British Canadian.

    • Daffodil 28 March, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Mishy, Did you try them? Did they work? I am thinking about trying it =)

      • mishy 7 May, 2014 at 3:37 am - Reply

        Soooo sorry for the delay daffodil,I hope your still interested in the kudzu and yes they worked GREAT.My whole herbal treatment worked and im day 109 clean.im sorry i will keep tabs on this site so i can offer help or answer questions i took alot of herbal meds and am doing great no dts or withdrawls.my email is michaelfmayes@yahoo.com if yo9u want to ask anything.anyone i can help.

        • Anonymous 21 April, 2016 at 2:50 am - Reply

          Can you please send me the list of the herbs. I have a alcohol problem & I need help please & thanks

          • Tobin Hunt 21 April, 2016 at 9:48 am

            It’s not a list of herbs, it’s just a single herb. I hope that clarifies things for you. If you need more support, please click on the ‘Contact Us’ link at the top of the page.

    • TimD 2 March, 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      Mishy – so interested to read your messages on here. I found this site by accident and glad I did.
      Do you live in the US full time or come back to Canada once in a while?
      Also where do you buy your herbs here?
      Thanks, Tim

  27. Amanda 10 January, 2014 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Hello

    I found out about Kudzu Root through the Heal Thyself Facebook page.
    I decided to give it a try as I was on 3 bottles of wine a day, every day for the past four years.

    After only 4 days of taking it, I find it a struggle to consume half a bottle of wine!
    Apart from a little heartburn and finding myself awake at silly hours of the morning, I have had no other side effects.
    My diet (other than the wine) is very healthy, with plenty of vegetables, protein and water. (I have always ate like this for many years).

    So far so good!

    I live in the UK and take Swansson Kudzu Root 500mg.
    I understand everyone is different but for me it seems to be working.

    Definitely google the prices. It varied from £3.00 a bottle to £15 for the same product!

    Good luck to everyone trying to reduce their alcohol consumption. Lets kick its ass! :o)

    • Bee 19 April, 2016 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      WoW Amanada!!!! That is soo great to hear!!!!! I have several alcoholics in my family and I know I am at risk myself. How you are you doing today? I see this is from 2014.

      Take care!!!

      Bee

  28. Dawn 21 December, 2013 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Hello Linda, Thankyou for your comments, Nov 27th 2013. Sorry I didnt reply sooner, have not been to well, I am at present taking chromium twice a day and multi vitamen, I still have cravings and get a bit shaky etc. Only been a few weeks, but not sure what else I can try. I have tried kudzu for a while before. How are you getting on? How is everyone else doing out there? I live in the UK, any other suggestions are welcome. Take care.

  29. Dawn 17 November, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone, thinking of you all. I am still looking for the right kudzu, the cravings are still bad, if any of you have any info please let me know,I shall keep looking though. I live in the uk, take care.

    • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn
      I have just replied to your previous post. Suggestions to help carvings are Glutamine or L-Glutamine and Chromium (see other post).

    • Linda 22 November, 2013 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn
      Also there is a herb called Gymnema that gets good reviews for helping people with sugar addiction. i wonder if it would help your cravings?

  30. Dawn 7 November, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I tried Kudzu for a while, but it is only 40% Isoflavones, kudzu root 1gram, kudzu root extract 400mg, kudzu flower 100mg. I have tried to look for 100% kudzu, I live in the UK, it helped a little, but I can not stop the cravings, please can anyone share any advice which has helped you, I wish you all the best out there, we are all trying our best even if the willpower is hard, I want us all to get there. Take care.

    • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn

      There are supplements that help with cravings. One is Glutamine or L-Glutamine (same thing). It is an amino acid and can help reduce sugar cravings. Alcohol is basically liquid sugar. The other one I know of is Chromium ( a mineral) which is often recommended for diabetics, but also reduces sugar cravings.

      Also what can help is diet. Increase protein and reduce carbs. Try to have protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This helps to balance the body’s blood sugar levels and reduce carbohydrate cravings. I read a book called The Zone Diet which explains it all. Quite a complicated read but the bottom line is simple. One third protein, one third slow release carbs and one third essential fatty acids in your daily diet.

      Check online for high protein, low carb breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

      • Dawn 21 November, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

        Hi Linda, thankyou so much for your advice. I have made a note of it, and will see what I can do. I do not know if you have tried kudzu or not. If so, did it help? I wish all you people out there to get better and get where you want to be in life, all the best and will keep in touch, if we can help each other in some way thats good. Take care everyone, Dawn UK.

      • Linda 27 November, 2013 at 12:08 am - Reply

        Hi Dawn
        I have just received my first supply of Kudzu and been taking it less than a week. I did not notice any difference the first 2 or 3 days, except for a little heartburn. I have noticed a difference the last few days but it is difficult to say whether that is psychological or as a result of Kudzu. I did not buy my usual supply, in fact I could not be bothered going to the shops. But I never had a physical craving, it was more a habit and an emotional response. Will keep on though, and let you know how it goes.
        Linda (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

  31. Zeb 13 October, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    OK, I’ve got to be honest, I received my Kudzu and Liv-52 3 days ago, and have taken fairly copious amounts of both…along with my normal fairly copious amounts of alcohol! Scotch whisky…tequila…I’m still trying, and hoping that the Kudzu & Liv-52 will help as I really want to cut down. Grief and depression put me on the downward slide of overdoing the alcohol. (3 years ago, I barely drank at all, and rarely drank spirits). It’s a tough road back to sobriety…..

    • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      I have just come across this site and your post. I am wondering how you are now about a month down the line. Did you persist with the Kudzu?
      I have just ordered it online, should be getting it in a few days and would like to report on how I get on.

  32. asif 6 October, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I live in london so could someone advise me which brand i should take. Also do i need to take anything else with it for repairing the damage. Thanks

    • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Alcohol destroys B vitamins in particular and this can cause many health problems. So definitely supplement with B Complex. Milk Thistle is a good liver support. And probably a good quality multi vitamind and a good quality multi mineral. If you have the finances see a qualified nutritionist.

      • Dee 28 November, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

        Hi Linda, how are things with you? You sent me some nice messages on the forum. I am taking kudzu and vitamin b and multivitamin. Still have the cravings, any suggestions? Kindest Regards.

    • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      ps

      I went onto Amazon and looked at the customer reviews for Kudzu and made a choice from them. I have just ordered today so not started yet.

  33. LoveyCat 24 August, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I ordered Kudzu from Amazon today. I am so excited to start taking it!!!! It should be here in a few days…. I will let you all know what happens!

    • Susan 28 August, 2013 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      If you really want to stop drinking then this will REALLY help. I took for 4 weeks and didnt touch a drop in all that time. Then I fancied a drink and over 2 months I started drinking again. Started taking them again and now I’m lying her peacefully watching TV without thinking about wine.
      I just needed to tell you all they really do work.

      • Dolores 24 October, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        Susan

        What dosage did you take and what brand? There are so many. I took the Planetary kudzu and felt my blood pressure soar way up there. It also did not curb my desire for wine.

        Did you have to build up the kudzu in your system before you felt the positive effects?

        Thank you!

  34. Dawn 10 August, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    I have recently purchased some Kudzu root, only been taking it a week and a half. I am still drinking every day, but reducing the strength of the alcohol, and having a bit less. I shall continue to take my Kudzu every day, which is 20g and pure root. I so hope hope that in time I will not feel like drinking alcohol all the time. I want to be able to get up each day and not always want a drink. I hate the fact my husband, family and friends worry about it. I know it has taken me this long, but I am going to try so very hard this time. Good luck to you all.

    • Believer 21 August, 2013 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      God Bless you i am going out to day and buying some Kudzu and i sososo want to stop drinking my self
      I hope this helps me do that and i hope it works for you to

    • Lornell 24 August, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Hi.
      I am a binge drinker. I start the drinking session with a 1/4 bottle of Scotch whisky, then I have a bottle of red wine. When I have finished it, I run to the shop to buy another bottle. After finishing that one, I phone for a Chinese takeaway. In the morning, I can never remember anything beyond the moment of consuming the first bottle of wine – I can’t remember going to the shop, or eating the food, or going to bed. I know that I don’t misbehave, though. I do not drink alcohol every day, but I want to drink most days. The only times I do not want to drink alcohol is the day after I have binged and possibly the next day after that. The rest of the time I am fighting against cravings. I am an alcoholic. The things that I find help me beat these cravings are a combination of foods and herbs. I got a hold of two powdered herbs that really help. These herbs are pure. I empty out paracetamol capsules, clean out the inside of them with cotton buds and fill them with 250 mg of Siberian Ginseng and I swallow one of these a day. I fill separate capsules with 250 mg of Ginkgo Biloba powder and I swallow one of these each day as well. I do not eat or drink anything with animal fat in it except fish and skimmed milk and I use spices in all the dishes I cook, Garam Masala; Jalfrezi curry powder; Cayenne; fresh Chilli; lots of Fresh Garlic, eating a full clove separately each day etc. The Ginseng is an adaptogen (helps to deal with stress) and like the Ginkgo it assists in providing the brain with extra oxygen. Ginko is also very good for the respiratory system. Check with your doctor to make sure you can use these herbs without causing you harm. They are not usually harmful, but it is best to check. I am certain that this recipe of healthy foods and herbs could help you too. I drink lots of water and a glass of 100% freshly squeezed orange juice every day along with two bananas. When we drink alcohol our body loses potassium and vitamin C. Orange juice provides us with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and bananas provides us with Potassium, replenishing the body’s supply.

      • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

        Don’t know if this is relevant but I had to give up Chinese takeaways a long time ago as I am allergic to the MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). It is also another addictive substance.

  35. Dawn 26 July, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone, I love all your advice and comments, I am 41yrs old and have been drinking a very long time. I hate myself sometimes, have tried support groups, AA, etc. I am trying to speak to someone about trying Kudzu, I do not want to take prescribed drugs, as I feel they want you to have a quite fix. I live in the UK and want to wish all you out there all the best of luck in getting better. Good luck for us all.

    • jennifer 30 July, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      good luck to you as well.

  36. jennifer 25 July, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Well i am excited to try Kudzu! Just ordered a bottle. I drink 2 liters of boxed wine a day..Tired of it, I want to change. I just turned 40. Depressed about that, and many other things. I work very part time so have too much time on my hands so I drink all day. I function ok, just a maintenace buzz really. It got worse when I moved to this fricken island. Too hot to do anything. I’ve gained 40 lbs in 2 years. Anyway. Ready for change and will try this for now.

  37. flowy 2 July, 2013 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Wish I knew about that when I was in Tennessee. It grows everywhere and people will pay to get rid of it.

  38. ramesh 20 June, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I have tried and i am so glad that within 15 days i my drinking has reduced a lot . Thanks great experience

    • Babu chennai 6 December, 2013 at 5:45 am - Reply

      Nice

  39. Lilly 20 June, 2013 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Same problem is with my husband, but i dont know my husband will take it or not. can i give him without his knowledge.

    • Believer 21 August, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

      I would but that is just me
      I am a heavy drinker and just learned about Kudzu i so hope and pray it does what is claimed it will do
      Oh and if it does work and you slip it to your husband there may coam a day when he thanks you (being a drunk is a living hell )even if you dont act like a jerk all the time it is still HELL

    • Linda 18 November, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      My husband said that he did not like garlic. Little did he know that he has been getting it for years. I use it in soups and casseroles. I use other herbs and spices. I doubt he is aware of any of them. Kudzu is a herb. It is maybe a bit sneaky but I understand what it is like to be married to an alcoholic. My ex husband is in a care home suffering from Korsokoff’s psychosis as a direct result of alcoholism. Maybe if I had known about Kudzu then??

  40. swati Barkund 6 June, 2013 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    My husband is alchoholic. he is trying one medicine from local doctor which contain kudzu from last two weeks. But he doesnt have effective results and craving is still there. we could not found how much kudzu percentage is there in the medicine. can you suggest any medicine in India

    • DR.SAKMAAN DALVI 7 June, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      Have you checked the concentration of Kudzu? It is all well an good that some products contain Kudzu one needs to titrate and administer the correct dosage. After all these are plant extracts that are being used as supplements.

  41. Paul 1 May, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Kudzu – these were mentioned for “cluster headaches” so I bought a few bottles from 3 different suppliers – not sure how effective they have been in treating my headaches – but they are very effective in reducing my alcohol intake – just no longer have a craving, and a glass of wine is fine as opposed to finishing the bottle – I take 2 or pills totaling 2000mg every morning – I hope it will help you as well.

    • Penny K 27 August, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

      I am looking for help for a 27 yr old grandson. What brand did you buy?

  42. Ritu 11 April, 2013 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is a pattern of drinking harmful to the individual. Staying sober is a daily struggle for such individuals. Natural therapy protocols have come a long way in helping them effectively. Natural remedies such as C55 neuro calming formula, Liver liquescence provide the body with vitamins and minerals lost over a period of time. These homeopathic remedies are believed to control liver damage and help in managing all symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal, cut cravings, and balance reactions to alcohol.

  43. littledondons 6 February, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Just wanted to say hi to all fell addicts – i have just come out of hospital on a 2 day detox – hell lots of shakes – i have to address this problem can anyone help

  44. zampano 3 February, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    For steve above my post.

    Liv 53 wont have any notable interaction. Liv 52 works like a liver tonic. Kudzu would interact with medications containing estrogenic hormones, like pills, cancer meds, HRT, etc.
    Infact, for alcoholic liver, both would work in synergy, so taking both would be good for one.

  45. zampano 2 February, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    hope i can help because i have experience taking Naltrexone (noddict, naltima 50mg). In india, its not tough getting the meds.
    Sinclair method works. it was recommended by an old friend who is a doctor in Australia. But i think they have the info. wrong, because they give Nalt. and advocate abstinence. That doesn’t make sense as it works on extinction principle. My other doctor friends are looking into it seriously, esp. the Liver specialist.
    Its been 3 years now.

    No more daytime or whole day drinking on weekends, and if i work hard at it, i can go AF totally, (once or twice a week). I ensure to take it atleast an hour before i drink. Surprisingly, i can stick to that rule easily. Last 2 months i went without Nal, but was still drinking the same, or even less. (ITs HIGHLY NOT NOT NOT recommended.) It can backfire easily, although i was lucky, and am back on it. (albeit now i only take 25 mg. and if i think its going to be party time, then the whole 50 mg.)
    I definitely drink much more moderately (3-5 drinks over 4 hours). That was my goal, and i reached that. I think more lucidly these days, its great.
    Would like stop at two drinks, so that i can achieve my muscle targets also.

    A side note, if you eat some nutritious food and vitamins just before you start drinking, you tend to drink a lot less or dont feel like it. And then, when i want some drink i take a healthy drink like green tea/ coconut water. I can delay the booze a lot- learned this trick only now.

    I want to shift to Kudzu, and want to know what dose is recommended. Although, ironically its not easily available here, considering india should have more herbal medications! I hope to get a friend to bring it for me from the US.
    I am guessing 250 mg capsule, thrice a day?
    Any help would help.
    Thanks in anticipation.

  46. steve hall 19 January, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

    im taking liv52 so are there any problems or benefits from taking both the liv52 and the kudzu?

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