Yan Hu Suo - Corydalis Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Yan Hu Suo TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "yan hu suo" which in english is Yan Hu Suo herb"corydalis rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that invigorate blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, liver, lung and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 4.5-12g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Invigorate blood, alleviate pain - pain from blood stasis and trauma, dysmenorrhea.
  • Promotes movement of Qi and alleviates pain - chest pain, abdominal pain, menstrual pain, hernial disorders, epigastric pain.

Yan Hu Suo has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yan Hu Suo may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain - cramps), epigastric pain, hernia and/or trauma

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, yan hu suo is generally included in the following 8 formulas:

  • Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan (Liver Disease Recovery Pills) - Irritibility or easily prone to outburts or anger. Liver d…
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  • Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction) - For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, li…
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  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Wan (Abdominal Stasis Relief Pills) - Qi and blood stagnation in the lower jiao - lower abdominal…
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  • Shen Tong Zhu Yu Wan (Remove Stagnant Blood from a Painful Body Pills) - Qi and Blood stagnation blocking the channels and collatera…
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  • Shu Gan Wan (Liver Comfort Pills) - Abdominal and/or Hypochondriac pain, cramps or spasms resul…
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  • Xin Yi Wan (Magnolia Flower Powder) - Colds and/or allergies with cold signs (white mucus and/or …
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  • Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Wan (Corydalis Powder) - Pain of all types from qi and blood stagnation - often comb…
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  • Zuo Gu Shen Jing Tong Wan (Sciatica Pills) - Wind-cold-damp bi syndromes with particular issues in the l…
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    As noted above, yan hu suo is within the herbs that invigorate blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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