A few years ago there was a study out that found the Chinese herb
yan hu suo (corydalis rhizome) effective for treating pain. We got several calls from people looking to buy it. People are still looking for alternatives to taking regular pain killers. Chinese herbs can be a good solution. We carry several formulas, mostly from Evergreen herbs, that use yan hu suo and many other Chinese herbs to specifically treat pain. We have formulas that treat specific types of pain, like chronic pain or acute pain, as well as formulas that treat specific locations like back pain or headaches. Many of the herbs for treating pain will increase circulation to the area. Add some herbs to cut inflammation and you have a pain formula. Most Chinese herbal formulas for pain (and most other things as well) will generally have from 6 to 15 herbs cooked together to increase synergy, then given to patients in pills or in powdered form. The powdered form is slightly stronger, but the taste is an issue with some people.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond