What’s Pueraria Mirifica’s common name? (in Hindi, Chinese)


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What is the Common Name of Pueraria Mirifica?

The common name of Pueraria Mirifica is Kwao Krua. The plant’s name originated from the Latin word “mirificus” which means wonderful or miraculous.  

The plant Pueraria Mirifica is commonly found in the northern and northwestern regions of Thailand. It belongs to the family Leguminosae. 

Evidence suggests that the plant has been in use since as early as A.D 13th. Generally, plant roots and tubers are used in various preparations and extracts. The plant parts are used in powder form in the preparation of products and formulations. 

The plant Pueraria Mirifica is mainly used for breast enhancement and to regulate hormonal balance. 

What are Other Names for Pueraria Mirifica?

Some other names of Pueraria Mirifica include:

  • Kwao Krua Kao
  • White Kwao Krua
  • Kwao Krua Kao
  • Kwao Keur
  • Kwao Krua
  • Kwao Kruea
  • Kao Keur
  • Thai Kudzu

The Kao means white, which is used to distinguish it from the other plants with tuberous roots. 

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What is Pueraria Mirifica called in Hindi?

Pueraria Mirifica is called “Jangali Ratalu” in hindi. Recently various uses of Pueraria Mirifica have emerged, one of which is breast enhancement. The plant is claimed to enhance breast size when consumed or applied over. However, more clinical studies and research is required before it can be prescribed by doctors. 

The plant can interfere with pregnancy, hence one should consult with a physician prior to consuming the supplements made with Pueraria Mirifica. 

What is the name of Pueraria Mirifica in Chinese?

Pueraria Mirifica is known as “葛根” (pronounced as Gegen) in Chinese. In China, the plant has a long history of use for the treatment of alcoholism. In Chinese medicine, Pueraria Mirifica is known as Thai kudzu. The roots of the plant are reported to be consumed by the native Thai population to get relief from menopausal discomfort. 

Also, the other members of the Pueraria family such as Pueraria Lobato, Pueraria peduncularis and Pueraria thomsonii have a long history of usage in both Japan and  China for various ailments.

For the treatment of alcoholism, the plant has achieved investigational drug status and currently is under investigation. Animal studies show that an active ingredient present in the Pueraria plant was able to decrease alcohol-induced liver damage. 

Research is underway to determine its mechanism of action, metabolism, and other characteristics for the treatment of alcoholism. 

What is Pueraria Mirifica called in Yoruba?

Pueraria Mirifica is called Epakun in Yoruba. Yoruba is one of the languages of Nigeria and is also spoken in some countries on the west African coast. 

The plant provides relief from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and sweating. 

The plant and its various ingredients are under investigation for different usage and activities. The plant contains various bioactive compounds, primarily phytoestrogens. The exogenous phytoestrogen is believed to help maintain hormonal balance and enhance the appearance of breasts. 

There are plenty of supplements containing Pueraria Mirifica available commercially for various benefits, however, consult your physician before consuming any supplements.

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