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Corydalis is the name of a group of herbs used in different parts of the world to relieve pain. Corydalis yanhusuo is a species used primarily in Chinese herbal medicine. C. gar-iana, native to the Himalayas, is used medicinally in India. A related species, Corydalis cava, is used in European herbal-ism. Another closely related species, is Corydalis canaden-sis (also called Dicentra canadensis) and known by the common name corydalis or turkey corn, is found in North America. There are other species of Corydalis found throughout the world. Although the names are somewhat confusing, many are used by herbal therapists in similar ways and are included under the umbrella label corydalis.

C. yanhusuo is a small herb that grows in mixed sun and shade at the edge of woodlands. It is native to Siberia, northern China, and Japan, but is cultivated in other cool parts of China. C. yanhusuo grows to about 8 in (20 cm) in height and has narrow leaves and pink flowers. The rhizome (underground stem) is used in healing. C. yanhusuo is called yan hu suo in Chinese. Some sources suggest that C. yanhusuo is used interchangeably with the related species C. solida, which is called by the same Chinese name.

C. cava is a perennial that grows in shady forests. It is native to southern Europe and has spread throughout the continent. C. cava grows to a height of about 11 in (30 cm). Its flowers range in color from red to yellowish to white, with occasional lilac, brownish-red, or dark blue flowers. The tubers (knobby, fleshy underground stems) are used medicinally. Alternative names for the North American species of corydalis include turkey corn, squirrel corn, and early fumitory.

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