Yunnan Paiyao for cuts and bruises?
Qu Huangzhang, a famous Chinese doctor developed Yunnan paiyao in the Yunnan province of China in the early 1900’s. The Yunnan province is known as “the Kingdom of Fauna and Flora” for its vast supply of plants and animals used in Chinese medicinals.
Yunnan Paiyao is manufactured by the largest herb companies in China owned by the Chinese government and tested and used by the Chinese army. The combination of herbs were kept secret until recent times. They include raw and steamed tienchi ginseng – used to normalize blood flow, enhance poor circulation and heal internal bleeding in injuries and bleeding ulcers. The two tienchi ginsengs are combined with astringent herbs (that absorb excess bleeding and enhance healing) including myrrh and “dragon’s blood” an herb used in Latin America for internal bleeding. read more
Yunnan Paiyao is a considered both anti-hemmoragic and anti-coagulant. It is used for major and minor trauma. It will eliminate that ugly haematoma from view in a few hours and from touch in a day. YP works very well on rashes, such as Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. It reduces the healing time for breaks and fractures quite significantly, as well. The Chinese also use YP for the treatment of ulcers.
An article on Midwifery Today promotes Yunnan Paiyao stating that the immediate function of Yunnan Paiyao is to arrest hemorrhage, cure wounds, activate blood circulation dispersing blood clots, eliminate inflammation and swelling, as well as expel pus and counteract toxins.
Pseudoginseng (Panax notoginseng)
Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita)
Yam rhizome (Dioscorea hypolglauca)
Sweet Geranium (Erodium stephanianum)
Galangal rhizome (Alpinia officinarum)
Most references list pregnancy as the only contraindication to Yunnan Paiyao, and this refers only to ingestion. As far as potential risks, one study found that high doses of notoginseng have been found to be toxic to bone marrow stem cells (Chen FD, Wu MC, Wang HE, et al. Sensitization of a tumor, but not normal tissue, to the cytotoxic effect of ionizing radiation using Panax)