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Yunnan Paiyao (Yunnan Baiyao) for Injury and Surgery By Letha Hadady
Last Updated: 02/25/2011
A Chinese "miracle" herbal capsule is used by the Chinese Army to treat gun shot wounds, everyday cuts, internal bleeding, and bug bites.
Summer sports and hiking season are bruise and injury time for some kids and adults. There are lots of traditional Asian remedies that do a lot more to reduce pain and stiffness than an icy/hot rub or Bengay. Chinese medicine has great remedies for simple or serious hits, cuts, bruises, and swelling pain from martial arts wounds or surgery. You never know: You might need it. Herbal medicines routinely used by the Chinese Army and martial artists, now available online, are handy for pocket and purse. For example, one star of the ginseng family, tienchi, is widely used for everything from bug bites to gunshot wounds. For complete directions for its use see Asian Health Secrets.

Yunnan White Powder

Yunnan Paiyao contains raw and steamed tienchi ginseng, a cardio-tonic herb to normalize circulation and heal broken blood vessels. Raw tienchi ginseng, used as a health tonic daily, reduces chest pain and high cholesterol. It, like cordyceps another adaptogenic tonic, helps dilate the aorta when under stress.

One teaspoon of raw tienchi powder or one piece of raw tienchi added to soups is an excellent way to maintain heart and circulation health. Steamed tienchi powder, though it increases circulation, is known primarily as a blood-enhancing herb. It is recommended for convalescence, after surgery or childbirth, or between menstrual periods if you tend to be weak and chilled.

In Yunnan Paiyao these two forms of tienchi (raw and steamed) are combined with astringent herbs and antiseptic herbs such as myrrh to heal wounds. The remedy comes packaged as loose powder and in capsules along with a tiny red ball recommended for serious injury. Yunnan Paiyao is used internally by Chinese soldiers for gunshot and puncture wounds, oozing slow-healing sores, bug bites, chronic gastralgia and bleeding stomach ulcers. It can be sprinkled on open wounds to help resolve infection and pain. Use it that way for open wounds or fresh bruises.

One of my nursing students, delighted with its quick action, said she mixed the powder with water and used it topically as a thick poultice to heal her canary's broken leg. I get lots of emails and comments at about the great effects of Yunnan Paiyao. Used internally before and after surgery or dental work, it does not interfere with medical drugs such as blood-thinning medicines or pain-killers. The formula works to normalize blood flow and heal wounds so that excess bleeding, swelling, bruising, and pain are quickly resolved.

Take the tiny red pill that comes packaged with the capsules just before surgery or for deep or oozing puncture wounds. Follow with four to six capsules of Yunnan Paiyao daily for up to one month to eliminate bruises, swelling, and pain of injury and surgery. Yunnan Paiyao enhances circulation like homeopathic arnica but also disinfects wounds from the inside-out.

If you are weak from blood loss or undernourished, Yunnan Paiyao may make you feel temporarily woosey if you take it between meals as recommended. If it feels better to take it with food, do so. The instructions (not always in the box) are swallow it with a sip of wine if you are bleeding heavily. If you are allergic to alcohol, avoid it. Alcohol takes herbs more directly to your liver and blood. If you have stopped bleeding you can take it with water. The dosage is individual. But start with the tiny red ball if you have a deep gushing wound or menstrual cramps that make you double over with pain and flooding.

This Chinese miracle drug should be carried by all police, military, and medical personnel. It is a favorite among Chinese moms for sports injuries on the playing field as well as the field of battle.

Open Wounds

Wash the wound and while you are waiting for professional help to show up, pour the contents of one or more capsules of Yunnan Paiyao into the open wound to help resolve bleeding and bring out pus. The powder is drying and works well, taken internally and externally, for either new flesh wounds or long-standing, oozing sores. One woman I know had a runny foot sore for over a year. Antibiotics did nothing to heal it. She used Yunnan Paiyao internally and externally twice daily, and in a week the wound healed.

For gunshot or knife wounds swallow the tiny red ball that comes with a powder. It stops hemorrhage and can save your life if used in time. Take it before calling an ambulance.

Surgery, Bruises, and Internal Pain and Bleeding

In Asian Health Secrets, I describe many uses of Yunnan Paiyao for surgery, bleeding ulcers, menstrual cramps and flooding, and chronic gastralgia. Several of my New York friends have astounded emergency room physicians with Yunnan Paiyao. One clever plastic surgeon said Yunnan Paiyao heals a surgical incision into a smooth red line like in a Dracula movie. A man who had many cuts and bruises after being mugged was taken to Emergency and given over one hundred stitches by the attending physician. After one week of taking Yunnan Paiyao the doctor said he was shocked to see that the wounds were healed as though several months had passed.

Bruises normally progress from black, blue, purple, green to yellow over a period of weeks depending on the health habits of the patient. Smokers heal more slowly because of poor circulation. I first met Dr. Gerald Ginsberg, head of plastic surgery for NYU Downtown Hospital, when he called to ask about the Chinese miracle herb that reduced healing time to half the time required after surgery. He said that his patient could not have recovered so quickly without Yunnan Paiyao.

The pain-reducing effects of Yunnan Paiyao are possible because pain is always worse from poor circulation. Acupuncture treatments to speed healing of broken bones or treat any sort of pain from headache to arthritis and fibromyalgia work by easing circulation. Increased circulation blood brings needed oxygen to the injury. The same holds true for chronic pains, including menstrual cramps and stomach aches. Yunnan Paiyao neither dulls the mind nor thins blood. It has no known side effects. However, if you are pregnant, avoid any herbs that increase circulation or are laxative.

Note: If you have an ACTIVE cancer, avoid Yunnan Paiyao or any treatment without your doctor's approval. Increasing circulation might even spread the cancer.

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