Corydalis Yanhusuo Rhizome As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Corydalis yanhusuo is a species of genus Corydalis which are 470 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the Papaveraceae family. Studies have shown that the alkaloid dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), extracted from the rhizome of the plant, is effective in reducing neuropathic pain. Tetrahydropalmatine is a major constituent alkaloid which also has analgesic activity. Other extracts from Corydalis Yanhusuo Rhizome include alkaloids glaucine, palmatine and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor corydaline. Corydalis Yanhusuo Rhizome (Chinese: 延胡索) has been used as herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) for hundred of years with the main purpose of promoting blood flow and remove stasis.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, bitter, warm-natured, non-toxic,


Corydalis Yanhusuo Rhizome functions by influencing the liver, stomach, heart, lung and spleen.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered corydalis yanhusuo rhizome and sodium sulfate is taken orally to treat coughing and hematuria (presence of blood or red blood cells in the urine).

A cooked pig’s pancreas (cut in small pieces) mixed with powdered corydalis yanhusuo rhizome is taken to treat subcutaneous emphysema (gas or air is in the layer under the skin with pain).

Corydalis yanhusuo rhizome (peeled) and chinaberry fruits are porphyrized into powder for oral taken (taken with warm wine or water) to relieve cardiac pain.

Powdered corydalis yanhusuo rhizome is taken orally with rice soup to heal abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Pills made with corydalis yanhusuo rhizome (peeled, fried with vinegar), Angelica sinensis (soaked in wine and fried), peel of citrus reticulata blanco and rice paste is taken on an empty stomach to cope with irregular menstruation with pain.

Corydalis yanhusuo rhizome is fried and pounded for oral taking (taken with wine) to treat postpartum anemic fainting and dizziness.

Corydalis yanhusuo rhizome (salted and fried) and scorpion (tail removed) are pounded and taken with wine to relieve hernia pain.

Powdered corydalis yanhusuo rhizome, indigo naturalis and fruit of honeylocust (peeled, seeds removed) are pounded into powder; nose drops of water solution of the powder helps to treat migraine and headache.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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