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Corydalis ambigua

 

Corydalis ambigua

Corydalis ambigua is a flowering plant native to the northern areas of China and Japan

Plant Constituents of Corydalis Ambigua

Contains:

  • Alkaloids, including:
  • dl-tetrahydropalmatine (THP)
  • apaveraceae type alkaloids
  • Protopine

Action:

  • analgesic [a drug which relieves or diminishes pain without causing loss of consciousness]
  • anti-arrhythmic [eases symptoms of arrhythmia]
  • bitter [applied to bitter tasting drugs which act on the mucous membranes of the mouth and stomach to
    increase appetite and promote digestion]
  • blood stimulant [an agent that excites or quickens the functional activity of the tissues giving more energy]
  • cardio-protector [protects the heart]
  • hypnotic [an agent that promotes or produces sleep without disturbing alertness and receptiveness to others]
  • sedative [a soothing agent that reduces nervousness, distress or irritation]

Medicinal uses

This is a tuberous early flowering east Asian species. A related species, C. yanhusuo is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Source of the drug tetrahydropalmatine The herb (root) is traditionally used as an analgesic and sedative, used for headache, period pain,spasm pain, gut, smooth muscle and gall bladder pain It is a dopamine receptor antagonist. Analgesic effects last about 2 hours, it does not create tolerance. The drug Tetrahydropalmatine also has a number of cardiovascular actions.

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