Corydalis Corydalis spp
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Corydalis
How to Use: Corydalis
Corydalis is a member of the poppy family, and like many Papaverceae Corydalis is an anodyne, a central nervous system depressant, cardiotonic, and sedative. Corydalis has been used and studied mostly in the East, and has been used in TCM for centuries. Corydalis is currently being studied for use in cancer, dysmenorrhea, hypertension, and convulsions, however the primary focus is on the herbs use as a natural pain reliever. Recently a study published in the journal Current Biology identified the compound dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) which holds special promise for those with persistent, low-level chronic pain. This means it has the potential to offer relief of chronic, agonising pain from arthritis to back pain. 2
Corydalis contains the alkaloid bulbocapnine, which is occasionally used in medicine to treat convulsions, Parkinson's disease and Meniere's disease. It has been used in the treatment of muscular tremors and vestibular nystagmus. 4
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The dried rhizome of Corydalis, is usually recommended at 5 - 10 grams per day in capsules. Can be taken as a tea, but it is bitter . Follow label instructions for liquid extracts. Used with white peony, cramp bark and valerian for menstrual cramping, pain relief and insomnia. Traditional TCM formulations include Yuanhu Zhi Tong and Yan Hu So.
Corydalis is a genus of about 470 species in the poppy family (sometimes included in the fumewort family),most diverse in China and the Himalayas.
Regional Traditions :Traditional Chinese Medicine *
History and Traditions & FolkloreThe psychiatrist Robert Heath carried out experiments on prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary using bulbocapnine to induce stupor 4