Corydalis (Yan Hu Suo) – Corydalis yanhusuo
Corydalis is a herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to 60 cm in height. The leaves of the plant are finely divided, with a fern-like appearance. The flowers of Corydalis are tubular or trumpet-shaped, and come in a range of colors, including white, yellow, purple, blue, and pink. The fruit of the plant is a capsule containing numerous small seeds.
Hardy and resistant, it prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It can be propagated by seed or by dividing the roots of mature plants. You will often find corydalis growing in rocky or wooded areas, as well as on mountain slopes.The best time to collect Corydalis is during the spring and summer months when the plant is in full bloom. The roots and aerial parts of the plant are the most commonly used parts in traditional medicine. The roots are usually collected in the fall or winter months when the plant is dormant.
In terms of plant biology, Corydalis is a member of the order Ranunculales, which includes a variety of other medicinal plants, such as buttercup and poppy. The plant contains specialized structures known as laticifers, which are small tubes that produce and transport latex throughout the plant. This latex contains a variety of secondary metabolites, including alkaloids, which contribute to the plant’s medicinal properties.
Corydalis has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its analgesic and calming properties. In Chinese medicine, it is often used to ease digestion upsets. In North America, Native American tribes used Corydalis to help alleviate minor aches and pains.
There are several active compounds are present in Corydalis, including alkaloids such as corydaline, corydine, and tetrahydropalmatine.
Corydalis may interact with certain medications, including sedatives, hypnotics, drugs that are taken for irregular heart rhythms, some pain relievers, and anti-cancer drugs and may be unsafe for use during pregnancy.
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