Pinyin: yan hu suo (cu)
ENGLISH NAME: Corydalis
LATIN NAME: Corydalis Rhizoma
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm
Channels Entered: Heart, Liver, Spleen
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
Activates Qi and Blood Circulation to Relieve Pain
Use 3 to 10 grams in decoction, with a maximum dosage of 20 grams. Use 1 to 1.5 grams of Yan Hu Suo powder, served with warm water. Frying this herb with grain-based liquor enhances its blood-activating function. Frying it with vinegar enhances the analgesic function.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Yan Hu Suo is contraindicated in pregnant women, because of its strong function to move qi and blood.
• Yan Hu Suo should be used with caution in patients who have pain with an underlying deficiency, as the herb may consume qi and blood.