What Chinese herbal medicine practitioners have known for years, Western medicine is just discovering.
The root of the Corydalis Yanhusuo plant which has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine has been found to reduce pain and inflammation.
Corydalis is known as a flowering herbal plant and grows in China, Japan and Siberia. In traditional oriental medicine, the herb has been used to treat menstrual cramps, chest pain, abdominal pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.
Western scientists became interested in the healing qualities of the plant after tests on rats showed that inflammation was heavily reduced.
“Inflammatory pain, which is associated with tissue damage and the infiltration of immune cells, and injury-induced neuropathic pain, which is caused by damage to the nervous system was found to be reversed in the rodents”, stated the study.
The researchers also found that the rats failed to develop a tolerance or an addiction to the substance.
“Today the pharmaceutical industry struggles to find new drugs. Yet for centuries people have used herbal remedies to address myriad health conditions, including pain. Our objective was to identify compounds in these herbal remedies that may help us discover new ways to treat health problems,” Olivier Civelli, the Eric L. & Lila D. Nelson Chair in Neuropharmacology, said. “We’re excited that this one shows promise as an effective pharmaceutical. It also shows a different way to understand the pain mechanism.”
Civelli continued, “our study reports the discovery of a new natural product that can relieve pain. This analgesic acts in animal assays against the three types of pain that afflict humans, including acute, inflammatory, and neuropathic or chronic pain.”
50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and scientists are hoping that this herb can provide the answer to effective, non-addictive treatment.