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Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis Tuber)


Yan Hu Suo, also known as "Corydalis Rhizome," is a highly sought-after traditional Chinese herb used for promoting overall wellness. It is one of the most commonly used and most effective herbal pain remedies in TCM for pain relief as a result of Blood stagnation. Our Yan Hu Suo is carefully selected and cleaned to ensure purity and potency. It is commonly used for its pain-relieving properties and is traditionally used to support healthy joint function and reduce discomfort associated with conditions such as arthritis and gout. It's also traditionally used to support respiratory health, particularly for conditions such as coughing, chest congestion, and sinusitis. It's also used to promote a healthy cardiovascular system, and as a natural remedy to help with menstrual cramps and discomfort.

Yan Hu Suo acts to activate Qi and Blood circulation to relieve pain, as an analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, decreases resistance of blood flow and increases blood perfusion; decreases oxygen consumption of the cardiac muscle and increases contractility of the heart.

When compared to morphine, Yan Hu Suo has shown a slower onset and weaker analgesic effect when given by injection. Evaluation of the analgesic effect based on weight showed Corydalis root  to be approximately 100:1 in effect by comparison to morphine, but Yan Hu Suo has not been associated with any dependency or addiction. Furthermore, development of tolerance happens approximately 100% faster with morphine than with Corydalis root.

This traditional Chinese herb is a must-have in any herbalist's collection. Get your hands on our premium grade Yan Hu Suo today and experience the benefits of this ancient herb for yourself.

High Quality Yan Hu Suo: What does it look like?

High quality Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis Yanhusuo) herb should have the following characteristics:

  • Bright yellow color
  • Strong, pungent, and slightly bitter taste
  • Fine and dense texture
  • No signs of mold or insect damage
  • Consistency in shape and size of pieces
  • Fresh, without any musty or chemical odors.

The best Yan Hu Suo is collected in the wild or from organic cultivation, as this ensures that the herb has not been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. It should be stored in a cool, dry place and used within two years of harvest.

How is Yan Hu Suo prepared and processed?

Yan Hu Suo, also known as Corydalis or Chinese corydalis, is a herb that is native to China and other parts of Asia. It grows in mountainous regions at elevations of 1000-3000 meters, typically in rocky or gravelly soils.

The optimal growing conditions for Yan Hu Suo include well-drained soils, partial shade, and cool temperatures. It prefers a humid environment and well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter. It can also be found growing in rocky or gravelly soils. It is a hardy plant that can tolerate cold temperatures, but it does not tolerate drought or waterlogged soils.

Yan Hu Suo is a perennial herb with a short rhizome and a stem that is 20-50cm tall. It has delicate, fern-like leaves and small, pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. The underground part of the plant is used medicinally, it is typically harvested in the autumn after the leaves have died back, and then dried and stored for later use.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Yan Hu Suo is typically processed by washing, slicing and drying the root. After the root is harvested, it is cleaned to remove any dirt or debris. It is then sliced into thin pieces, which allows for more effective drying and easier powdering if desired. The sliced root is then dried in the sun or in a dehydrator until it is completely dry and brittle.

The dried root is then stored in a cool, dry place until it is ready to be used. To prepare it for use, the dried root is often soaked in water to rehydrate it before being used in decoctions or other preparations.

To make a decoction, the dried root of Yan Hu Suo is first washed and then placed in a pot with water. The pot is then brought to a boil and simmered for a period of time, typically around 15-30 minutes, depending on the desired strength of the decoction. The decoction can be consumed as is, or it can be combined with other herbs to make a formula.

For pills or capsules, the dried root of Yan Hu Suo is ground into a fine powder. The powder can then be mixed with other herbs and binders to make pills or capsules.

Popular Recipe for Yan Hu Suo

Here is a recipe for a traditional Chinese tea that includes Yan Hu Suo:


  • 1 tsp of dried Yan Hu Suo powder
  • 1 tsp of dried ginger powder
  • 1 tsp of dried licorice powder
  • 2 cups of water


  1. In a small pot, add the dried Yan Hu Suo, ginger, and licorice powders.
  2. Add 2 cups of water to the pot and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let the tea simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea and discard the solids.
  5. Drink the tea while it's warm.

Note: you can adjust the quantity of Yan Hu Suo to your preference and also add other ingredients such as honey or lemon juice to suit your taste.

It's important to note that Yan Hu Suo should be used with caution because it can interact with other medications, and it can cause side effects like drowsiness and dry mouth. It's always recommended consulting with a licensed healthcare practitioner before using it.

Safety Precautions for the use of Yan Hu Suo

Yan Hu Suo, also known as "Corydalis," is an herb commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. While it is considered safe when used as directed, there are some general safety precautions to keep in mind when using Yan Hu Suo:

  • Consult a qualified healthcare professional before using Yan Hu Suo, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any pre-existing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, or a history of allergies.
  • Keep Yan Hu Suo away from children and pets, as it can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.
  • Avoid using Yan Hu Suo if you have a history of allergic reactions.
  • Yan Hu Suo may cause gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea, if taken in large doses, so it is best to start with a small dose and gradually increase it.
  • Yan Hu Suo can also cause skin irritation, so use gloves when handling it or avoiding touching it with bare skin.
  • Avoid using Yan Hu Suo if you are taking medication for blood pressure, blood thinning or sedative drugs, as it may interact with them.
  • Yan Hu Suo should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care. If you experience any adverse reactions, seek immediate medical attention.

It’s important to note that this is a general guideline and it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or herbalist to determine the right dosage and usage for you.

Additional information on Yan Hu Suo

Common Names: Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis tuber); Corydalis Rhizome; Corydalis turtschaninovii Bess. F. Yanhusuo; Rhizoma Corydalis

Properties: Acrid, bitter, warm

Channels Entered: Heart, Liver, Spleen

Customer Reviews

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Ron Taylor

Would purchase again.

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Good Experience

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