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English Name: corydalis tuber
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Corydalis
Medica Category: Blood-Invigorating and Stasis-Removing Herbs
Properties: Yan Hu Suo enters the Heart, Liver, and Spleen channels; it is acrid and bitter in nature and warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Yan Hu Suo is the dried tuber (rhizome) of Asian corydalis (Corydalis yanhusuo W.T. Wang), a flowering plant the Papaveraceae (poppy) family native to the high grasslands of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Hubei provinces but now cultivated throughout the country. The tubers are collected in the beginning of summer when stem and leaves wither; they are then smashed, sliced, dried, and left unprocessed, vinegar-fried, or fried in grain-based liquor for use as medicine.
Yan Hu Suo activates qi and blood to remove stagnation and relieve pain from a variety of causes all throughout the body. Various examples of the clinical applications of this herb to relieve pain include: epigastric/abdominal pain, chest and hypochondriac pain, gynecological pain, and pain in the extremities. Its action to move qi and blood makes it useful in dispelling nodules and masses as well.
Contraindicated during pregnancy
Use with caution in persons with underlying deficiencies
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