[tomato] Kudzu

Shantihhh@aol.com (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 22:33:02 EDT

Dear Thomas,  

Kudzu's use is wide spread in the Orient.  I am there on business up to 8 
times a year.  There was a time I did some extensive research on it.  The 
following will give you a little look at it.  I think it is available in some 
Health Food stores as well as Chinese Herbal Shops.  You would need the 
Chinese Characters in that case.  I can fax them to you if you want as I 
don't have the Chinese Characters Program 



 Nervous System
 Symptoms: Alcoholism, Colds/Flu, Poor Digestion, Liver Problems,
Depression, Pain, Anxiety, Nervousness, Loss of Appetite, 

Kudzu/St. John's Wort combination contains herbs that help treat alcoholism
by reducing the craving for alcohol. Kudzu/St. John's Wort not only contains
Chinese Kudzu extract and St. John's wort extract, but alfalfa, providing 
additional nutritional support to the body.

Chinese Kudzu extract has been used for centuries in Japan and China as
a dietary supplement. Chinese Kudzu extract contains diadzin, which has been
known to be beneficial for treating alcoholism. Not only does Chinese Kudzu
extract help reduce the craving for alcohol, but it treats cold symptoms,
relieves indigestion, and alleviates pain. St. John's wort contains natural 
compounds of hypericin that are known for soothing nerves and having a 
calming effect on the body. St. John's wort is one of the most popular 
natural remedies used today to treat depression. St. John's wort is used to 
reduce anxiety, calm nerves, and balance the nervous system. Alfalfa is an 
herb that provides the body with vitamin A, vitamin B1, niacin and vitamin C.
 Alfalfa improves digestion, stimulates the appetite and enhances
the absorption of nutrients.
 Kudzu/St. John's Wort combination may be used to alleviate symptoms
associated with alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal. The Kudzu/St. John's Wort
inhibits the metabolism of alcohol in the liver, helps cleanse and eliminate 
toxins and provides trace minerals to the body. Kudzu/St. John's Wort is 
beneficial for reducing anxiety, alleviating depression, and relieving 
insomnia and nervousness.
 Take one capsule three times a day with meals.


Kudzu Vine is a wild plant, that grows in many Asiatic countries. From ancient
times to the present days, the root of Kudzu has been commonly used in Far 
Eastern culture as a food, rich source of starch and as an effective remedy 
in natural medicine. It helps digestion, treats colds, intestinal ailments and
alcoholism with all of its resulting health problems.When Kudzu is present in 
a diet, it also prevents anyone from falling into analcohol addiction. Starch 
derived from Kudzu Root contains a high amountof iron, a fair portion of 
calcium and phosphorus, and a little sodium.Interestingly, it has more 
calories per gram than honey, but unlike honey,which is quick burning sugar, 
Kudzu is a long sustaining source of energy in an organism. Presently, Kudzu 
is becoming popular in others places ofthe world such as the United States, 
Canada, and Europe. A recent research made in Medical School of Harvard 
confirmed that Kudzu reduces the craving for alcohol as much as 90%. The 
extraordinary results of the use of Kudzu root gives hope to many who suffer 
from an alcohol addiction and their families.

KUDZU ROOT is our product, 100% of starch made from whole grained kudzuroot,
no additives. Treatment can be implemented easily, as thickener forsoup and 
sauces or can be mixed with any kind of meal.
Kudzu/St. John's Wort
Kudzu/st. John's Wort Combination (Nervous) is a cutting edge formula based 
on the latest scientific information. Kudzu, considered a weed in the southern
U.S., has made headlines in nutritional news. For centuries in Japan and 
China people have used it with confidence as a dietary supplement. 
Researchers at Harvard Medical School injected 71 golden Syrian hamsters, who 
by nature have an unusual craving for alcohol, with daidzin, kudzu's active 
ingredient. The hamsters injected with daidzin immediately cut back on their 
alcohol consumption and began to drink more water.  These preliminary 
findings add an interesting sidebar to kudzu's already recognized herbal 
traditions. Published studies also report that hypericin (found in St. John's 
Wort) supports the nervous system in times of physical stress. Each capsule 
of Kudzu/St. John's Wort Combination contains 1 mg of daidzin and 1 mg 
hypericin per capsule. Take one capsule three times daily with a meal
Here's why you don't want to grow this nasty spreading "weed":


Terrain type
Co-written with Owen Holder (soholder@eos.ncsu.edu)
Kudzu is a noxious weed that tends to grow in warm, humid environments.
Some worlds in the Draconis Combine cultivate it for many uses (food,
decorative foliage, and livestock fodder), but it has grown unchecked on
some worlds to which it was imported, and can seriously hinder movement
for combat units, particularly in wooded areas.

Game Use:

Kudzu grows in large (anywhere from 6 to 48 hexes--roll 6d8 to determine
the size of the Kudzu growth) patches, and is very difficult to move through 
Units have varying modifiers, as follows:

Unarmoured infantry: 3 MP/hex.  Unit must make a Piloting +2 roll or
become tangled in the kudzu, effectively immobilising it.
Battle armoured infantry: 2 MP/hex Units with movement of 1 are
immobilised.  Unit must make Piloting +2 roll or become immobilised.
Small vehicles: wheeled/tracked vehicles pay 4 MP/hex.
Medium vehicles: wheeled/tracked vehicles pay 3 MP/hex.
Heavy vehicles: wheeled/tracked vehicles pay 2 MP/hex.
 In all cases, hover vehicles must make Piloting +1 roll per hex or
risk having their air intakes clogged.
Light 'Mechs: 4 MP
Medium 'Mechs: 3 MP
Heavy/Assault 'Mechs: 2 MP

Special Rules:

Only energy weapons can be used to effectively clear kudzu-filled hexes.
Ammo weapons have only half their effectiveness against Kudzu.
Kudzu does not follow normal fire rules, due to its natural flame-resistance.
Burning kudzu produces twice the amount of smoke that a normal burning 
produces (since it tends to smoulder more than it burns), and flames
advance at half the normal rate (roll for fire every other round instead
of every round) Unarmoured infantry cannot advance through smouldering