What is Pueraria mirifica ?
Pueraria mirifica, the Fountain of Youth
Source: Medicinal Plant Research Institute, Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; July 2000
Pueraria mirifica or White Kwao krua is a native herbs found in deep forests in the northern region of Thailand. It has been well known to local people for canturies due to its miracle properties and efficacy and being long used in Thai traditional herbal medicine.
Pueraria Mirifica has been well known by local communities for its rejuvenating properties .
In May 1931, Luang Anusan Suntara, a royal Thai traditional medical herbalist wrote about Pueraria mirifica (white kwao krua), from how to prepare the herb and in formulation of herbal medicine using Pueraria Mirifica and the miracle benefits of Pueraria mirifica : rejuvenating, anti-wrinkle , delay gray hair and stimulate hair growth, increase breasts size, alleviated cataract problems, improve memory loss, delay ageing, increase energy and vigor, increase blood circulation, increase appetite and improve sleeping etc.
In 1932, Dr. A.F.G. Kerr, the Director of the Botanical Section of the Journal of the Siam Society, directed the attention of the scientific community to the fact that the tuberous roots of a Thai plant called “Kwao Krua”, mistakenly identified then as Butea Superba, were considered to be of value as a rejuvenating drug.
Dr. Kerr was the first to create international awareness of the rejuvenating qualities of this plant, which subsequently led to the isolation of a potent phyto-estrogen that is unique to this plant only and to the identification of the plant as Pueraria Mirifica in 1952.
Pueraria mirifica studies
Efficacy comparison of Pueraria mirifica (PM) against conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) with/without medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) in the treatment of climacteric symptoms in perimenopausal women: phase III study
The effect of Pueraria mirifica on cytologic and urodynamic findings in ovariectomized rats.Effects and safety of Pueraria mirifica on lipid profiles and biochemical markers of bone turnover rates in healthy postmenopausal women.
Challenges in the conduct of Thai herbal scientific study: efficacy and safety of phytoestrogen, pueraria mirifica (white kwao krua) phase I, in the alleviation of climacteric symptoms in perimenopausal women.