The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

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Scientific Names


  • Corydalis cava L.
  • Fumitory family

Common Names

  • Early fumitory

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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Corydalis is a perennial plant; the erect stem grows 6-12 inches high and bears soft, bluish-green, pinnately decompound and incised leaves. In April and May it is topped by a raceme of purple-red or rose-colored, sometimes white, flowers with corollas spurred at the base.
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Where Found

Found in the deciduous forests, thickets and hedges of Europe.
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Medicinal Properties

Antispasmodic, hypnotic
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The high alkaloid content makes corydalis an effective remedy, when properly used, for palsy, trembling hands, and general excitement. One of the alkaloids in corydalis works on the nervous system and is used as an ingredient in medications used for Parkinson’s disease. In ancient times, corydalis was used to expel worms.
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Do not use corydalis without medical supervision.
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