Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pain Relief

By: Bill Schoenbart & Ellen Shefi

Traditional Chinese Pain Relievers

Traditional Chinese Pain Relievers eliminate discomfort by invigorating the blood and relaxing muscle spasms. They are a popular herbal treatment for menstrual pain.

Chinese name: Yan Hu Suo Zhi Tong Pian (yahn hoo swaw jih tuhng pyen)


Also known as: Corydalis Stop Pain Tablets


Pain that is due to qi and blood stagnation, menstrual pain, abdominal pain, pain from injuries


Invigorates blood, relieves pain, relaxes muscle spasms


This formula comes in two varieties; one is an herbal extract, the other is a pharmaceutical extract. The label shows a subtle difference: the pharmaceutical extract is called Yan Hu Su, while the herbal extract is called Yan Hu Suo. The herbal extract also lists Angelica root as an ingredient.

While the pharmaceutical extract is stronger, it is essentially a drug, so choose the natural herbal extract. This remedy helps relieve pain of menstrual discomfort, liver or gallbladder problems, angina, muscle spasms, or injuries. It can have a tranquilizing effect, making it useful for treating insomnia due to pain. Because it can cause drowsiness in some people, it should not be used when driving.

The active ingredient in this formula is Corydalis tuber (yan hu suo), a powerful sedative and analgesic. Its pain-relieving effect is considered to be about one percent that of opium. Manufacturer: Chongqing

Dosage: 4 pills, three times a day

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