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Chinese Herbal Medicine Offers Hope To People In Serious Pain

January 3, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Chronic neuropathic pain from conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis affects more than 50 million Americans, but so far conventional analgesics with their often severe side affects have not provided relief. Now Chinese and U.S. scientists have determined in rodent research that a compound derived from a traditional Chinese herbal medicine alleviates pain. Dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) from the roots of the Corydalis yanhusuo plant relieved both inflammatory pain from tissue damage and injury-induced neuropathic pain caused by damage to the nervous system. The compound may point the way to an effective and non-addictive neuropathic pain reliever.
Yan Zhang et al., "A Novel Analgesic Isolated from a Traditional Chinese Medicine", Current Biology, January 03, 2014, © Elsevier Inc.
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