Latin name: Corydalis yanhusuo
Chinese name: yan hu suo

What is Corydalis?
Corydalis is a genus of flowering plants that are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere and Africa. It is the root system of corydalis yan hu suo that is used medicinally.

What are the health benefits of Corydalis?
Corydalis is a very effective painkiller. It is used to prevent stroke, lower blood pressure, and help heart arrhythmias. A mild sedative that can treat insomnia, corydalis can also decrease stomach acid and is thus used for ulcers and gastritis. Corydalis can be taken as a single herb for pain relief. Cook the dried root by itself as a tea and use for any type of pain, including menstrual pain, chest pain, stomach pain, and headaches.

What are the guidelines for taking Corydalis?
To make tea, boil the dried herbs in 4 cups of water. The usual dosage is 4 1/2 to 12 grams daily. Start with the lower end of dosage and boil for 30 minutes. Drink the tea throughout the day. If you have corydalis powder, you can try 1 to 1.5 grams in water. Shops that sell powdered herbs will be able to give you a spoon to measure out grams.

Are there any precautions for taking Corydalis?

Corydalis should not be taken during pregnancy.

Where can I find Corydalis?
Corydalis can be found online through herb suppliers or at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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