Corydalis Rhizome

Source Corydalis Rhizome is the dried tuber of Cordalis yanhusuo W.T. Wang (Fam. Papaverpaceae).

Producing Areas Mainly produced in the areas of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hubei and Hunan

Properties Spicy, Bitter and Warm

Channels Lung, Spleen

EFFECTS

  • Moves qi and blood, relieves pain, reduces masses

Important herb in relieving pain of all types such as pain in the chest, abdomen, limbs and gynaecological pain.

Treats dysmenorrheal, coronary artery disease, irregular heartbeat, prolonged qi and blood stagnation leading to masses. Especially for people who have palpable masses in the abdomen and blood stasis.

Usage and Dosage

Used as crude herb to promote blood flow and eliminate blood stasis; if prepared with vinegar, it can relieve pain and promote qi; when prepared with wine, it can regulate blood flow upward. 3-10g is used in decoction for oral use or 1.5-3g of powder is taken per consumption.

Note

Contraindicated for pregnant women and those suffering from blood deficiency.

Characteristics of Herb

Shape

Its tuber is shaped like a flat ball, 5-18mm in diameter.

Surface

Greyish yellow or yellowish, with irregular net wrinkles and traces of stem and bud are found on the upper middle concave part of the main and branch tubers. There is a trace of stem or root on the slightly hollow part of the bottom, with a few protruded branch traces around it.

Texture

Firm and difficult to break.

Cross-Section

Interior is yellow or yellowish brown in colour and keratin-like with wavy gloss.

Nature and Flavour

It is light in nature and bitter in flavour.

 

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place. Protect from mould and moths.

Description of Quality Herb

The good one is plump and big in size. It is firm and yellow in colour when broken.

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