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Kuzuyu: Traditional Japanese Herbal Remedy

for Prevention and Treatment of Common Colds, Headaches and Upset Stomach

Kuzu (or kudzu) is the Japanese Arrowroot plant, native to southern Japan, where it grows wild throughout the countryside.

Kudzu root powder (Japanese Arrowroot)Roots of the kuzu plant are ground into a fine powder which is used to make a syrupy, sweet beverage called "kuzuyu", consumed for prevention and treatment of common colds. Kuzuyu is easy to prepare and guaranteed to keep you warm in the winter, and help relieve stuffy noses and sore throats.

In Japan, besides for treatment of colds, Kuzuyu is also consumed for reducing symptoms of headaches, upset stomach and alcohol hangover.

Other Uses

Kuzu root powder is gluten-free. It is also commonly used as a healthy alternative to starch and cornmeal to coat fish, beef, pork, poultry or vegetables or as a thickening agent for things like soups or stir-frys.

A traditional Japanese remedy to cure common colds and hangover

How to Prepare Kuzuyu

  1. Add about one tablespoon of kuzu root powder to one cup of cold water.
  2. Add brown sugar or honey to taste. 
  3. Optional: Add other seasonings such ground ginger or cinnamon if you wish. You can also use soy sauce or Matcha tea powder.
  4. Mix well with a small whisk.
  5. Heat mixture in pan, while still whisking, for about two minutes or until it becomes translucent.
  6. Serve hot.

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