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Corydalis Herb -Benefits, Uses And Side Effects

Scientific name: Corydalis yanhus

Actions: Analgesic, antispasmodic, bitter tonic, emmenagogue, diuretic.


Corydalis is the name of a group of herbs used in different parts of the world to relieve pain . Corydalis yanhusuo is a species used primarily in Chinese herbal medicine. C. gariana, native to the Himalayas, is used medicinally in India. A related species, Corydalis cava, is used in European herbalism. Another closely related species, is Corydalis canadensis (also called Dicentra canadensis) and known by the common name corydalis or turkey corn, is found in North America. There are other species of Corydalis found throughout the world. Although the names are somewhat confusing, many are used by herbal therapists in similar ways and are included under the umbrella label corydalis.

Uses and benefits of Corydalis

  • The "Great Corydalis" is valued as one of the top non-addictive pain herbs of the world.
  • Used for all types of pain including nerve, joint, abdominal, menstrual, muscular, heart.
  • Use for arthritis and rheumatism.
  • As a bitter, it has beneficial effects upon the liver and GI tract.
  • Use for spasms, convulsions, and seizures.
  • Use to relax and calm the nervous system.
  • Useful for asthmatic attacks.

Are there any side effects or interactions?

Corydalis should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women. There have been several reports in Western journals of THP toxicity, including acute hepatitis. In addition, people taking corydalis can experience vertigo, fatigue, and nausea.

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