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Corydalis, a flowering plant, can be used to fight against inflammatory and neuropathic pain. This herbal plant has been in use as a pain reliever in Chinese medicine for past many centuries.
It has been reported that the pain relieving substance is dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB), which is found in the roots of the Corydalis. Olivier Civelli of the University of California, Irvine, said: “This analgesic acts in animal assays against the three types of pain that afflict humans, including acute, inflammatory, and neuropathic or chronic pain”.
Researchers said that the Corydalis plant grows mainly in the central eastern China. It is the place where underground tubers are harvested, ground and then boiled in hot vinegar. This mixture of various ingredients and substances are often prescribed to treat pain along with headaches and back pain.
On analyzing compounds present in Corydalis,researchers found that it appeared similar to that of morphine. It has been reported that this new research holds special promise for those who bears persistent, low-level chronic pain.
The best on the part of the DHCB is that it does not lose effectiveness with time in comparison to other traditional opiate drugs. This research has been published in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.