Everyone has experienced pain at some point in their life. Whether it is chronic or it comes and goes, pain can affect daily activities that cause a disruption in an individual's quality of life. Many over-the-counter medications are available to treat pain, including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and acetylsalicylic acid. However, these medications contain harsh ingredients that can cause unwanted side effects, such as ulcers and kidney problems, though these side effects typically only happen if a patient does not follow the directions or has an atypical reaction. That said, many individuals still prefer to limit their usage of pain medications.
Corydalis yanhusuo is a type of Corydalis plant frequently used by Chinese herbalists to reduce inflammation and treat acute nerve pain. A 2014 study found the plant contains an analgesic compound called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which is capable of treating issues such as headaches, inflammation, nerve pain, as well as back pain, including back pain due to muscle spasms. It does this by binding dopamine to receptors to reduce painful sensations. The study indicated corydalis yanhusuo also significantly reduced tissue damage, nerve damage, and neuropathic pain. Corydalis yanhusuo can be taken in supplement form.