Application of Pueraria Mirifica

Pueraria Mirifica has long been traditionally prepared in the form of pills for oral intakes. Currently, the dried roots are finely ground, sometimes mixed with other medicinal herbs, packed in capsules and marketed as a dietary supplement; however, for some distributors, the capsules are prepared from the root extract. The formulation that includes ingredient list and content of each ingredient varies from one supplier to another.

Pueraria Mirifica in the form of extract has been introduced just recently. With modern extraction technology, the extract from dried roots is standardized and prepared in the form of powder and solution, the extract solution is used in cosmetic industry such as preparation of breast cream, eye gel, and skin moisturizer. The extract powder is used as a dietary supplement similarly to the traditional method, but the product has more uniformity due to the advantage of standardization.

When Pueraria Mirifica is taken as a dietary supplement, its phyto-estrogen constituents will naturally alleviate symptoms occurring as a result of the aging process and a deficiency in estrogen levels, e.g., sagging breasts, wrinkled skin, bone loss, gray hair, etc. These aging signs and symptoms will, to a certain extent, be reversed.

When applied topically to the skin, Pueraria Mirifica will be beneficial to that respective part of the body.

Various forms and preparations of Pueraria Mirifica should provide an effective and inexpensive alternative to women who wish to take charge of their own health and to enhance their beauty or utilize Pueraria Mirifica for many cosmetic purposes.

With regard to the safety and efficacy of dermal preparations of Pueraria Mirifica extract, standard dermal toxicity tests were performed in various animal species as well as in humans, and no toxicity was observed, Moreover, the efficacy of breast cream was recently evaluated in a large group of human volunteers.

Source: Medicinal Plant Research Institute, Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; July 2000