Various types of corydalis have been included in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) preparations and are most commonly used for the treatment of gastritis-like disorders. Corydalis has been studied for other medical conditions, including pain caused by intense cold, parasitic infections, irregular heart rhythms, chest pain, and bacterial infections (especially from Helicobacter pylori). There is currently not enough human evidence to support these or any uses of corydalis.
Corydalis may interact with certain medications, including sedatives, hypnotics, drugs taken for irregular heart rhythms, some pain relievers, and anti-cancer drugs and may be unsafe for use during pregnancy.

Related Terms

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evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Angina (chest pain) (Grade: C)
Corydalis may be of benefit in chest pain caused by clogged arteries called angina. More studies are needed to determine if corydalis is effective for this use.
Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) (Grade: C)
Early evidence suggests certain compounds found in corydalis may help abnormal heart rhythms. More studies are needed to confirm these findings.
H. pylori infection in stomach ulcers (Grade: C)
Early studies suggest that corydalis may be of benefit in bacterial infections with
Pain (cold-induced) (Grade: C)
Early study suggests that corydalis may have pain-relieving properties. High-quality clinical research is needed to confirm these findings.
Parasite infection (Grade: C)
Corydalis may be helpful in the treatment of infections caused by the parasite