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Latin Name: Corydalis spp.

Common name: Golden Smoke

Family: Papaveraceae

Parts used: Rhizome

Constituents: Alkaloids

Medicinal actions: Analgesic, antispasmodic, sedative.

Medicinal use: Pain relief, cardiovascular effect, anti-viral, menstrual pain, abdominal conditions, sedative.


  • Alkaloids have shown to prevent platelet aggregation and also have inhibitory effects making them useful anti-viral/anti-tumor promoters.


  • Tincture: fresh herb (1:2); dry herb (1:5, 50% alcohol) 10-30 drops. Frequent doses are best.
  • Infusion: 1/2 tsp taken with other sedatives

Toxicity: None known.

Contraindications: Avoid use during pregnancy.

Interactions: May interact with anti-coagulant medication.



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