C O R Y D A L I S . 5

General Activities
vitalise blood, relieve pain and spasm

Sample Indications for Use
pain, spasm, especially of the abdomen

To Personalise, add
Ardisia 16 or Coptis/Evodia Tablets for treatment of gastric ulcer
Lindera 15 or Lower Palace Tablets for severe menstrual or post-partum pain
Lysimachia 3 for kidney stones and gravel
Zhu Dan Tablets for gallbladder pain
San Qi 17 for pain due to injury
Atractylodes Tablets for abdominal pain due to colitis

This formula is intended for short-term use as needed to treat painful syndromes. In cases of chronic disorders, it may be used in a one month course of therapy, repeated as necessary.

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are extracted in hot water, dried, and the resulting powder is formed into 750 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 and 250 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Corydalis 5 is a prescription intended to deliver a substantial dosage of the individual herb corydalis, which is the prominent pain-relieving herb of the Chinese Materia Medica that is still available for use. In the older pain formulations prescribed in China, there were ingredients that are now restricted, including those which are toxic or addictive, such as papaver (opium poppy), datura, centipede and scorpion. Corydalis is a relative of the opium poppy that contains alkaloids which are non-addictive, yet analgesic. This herb is combined with the traditional Peony and Licorice Combination (Shaoyao Gancao Tang), comprised of equal amounts of those two herbs, which is the basic formula for treating spastic pain (these herbs are included in Coptis/Evodia Tablets for the same purpose). Also included in Corydalis 5 is the traditional Pteropus and Bulrush Combination (Shixiao San), made of equal amounts of those two herbs (bulrush is another name for typha), used for abdominal pain, menstrual pain, and pain due to injuries. The resulting formula can be used for a wide range of pain disorders; it is not as strong as morphine for extreme pain, as occurs immediately after bone injury or with cancer metastasised to the bone (in such cases drug therapy should be relied upon), but it can be used as a possible replacement for milder pain drugs for other conditions and it will provide anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and blood vitalising effects. These actions may be helpful in resolving the condition that is producing pain. See also: Lower Palace Tablets.

Corydalis, Peony, Licorice, Typha, Pteropus
Pin Yin
yanhusuo, baishao, gancao, puhuang, wulingzhi