The perennial vine Kudzu grows natively in Southeast Asia, East Asia and some Pacific Islands. It has been traditionally used to treat heart disease, diabetes, fever, back and eye pain, menopausal symptoms, alcoholism and high blood pressure. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties as well as some neuroprotective properties. Some research has suggested that Kudzu may decrease the overall body mass index or BMI in obese people. It can also be beneficial in treating liver damage as well as boost the endogenous antioxidant system.