China has been using a compound found in roots of the flowering plant Corydalis as a pain reliever for ages. A novel research has said the compound called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) may prove effective in treating severe pain.
Prof. Olivier Civelli of the University of California provided vital information about the plant by affirming that it belongs to poppy family. Olivier along with Xinmiao Liang has made the discovery about the natural pain reliever as a part of the herbalome project.
The Corydalis plants are mainly found in central, eastern China. The researchers studied the components of the plant and after studying the same, they found that it may act like morphine.
“We landed on DHCB but rapidly found that it acts not through the morphine receptor but through other receptors, in particular one that binds dopamine”, affirmed Olivier.
He affirmed DHCB works against all types of pain and is especially beneficial for those who suffer from constant low-level chronic pain. Though there are medicines for inflammatory pain, there are good medicines for chronic pain.
Olivier said DHCB may not prove quite effective for strong chronic pain, but is excellent for treating low-level chronic pain.