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a.k.a. Bleeding Heart, Corydalis, Shone corydalis, Squirrel corn, Staggerweed, Turkey pea
(Dicentra canadensis syn Corydalis canadensis syn Bicuculla canadensis)

CONTAINS: Is incompatible with tannic acid or any other vegetable astringents.
5% alkaloids.
Corydalin, fumaric acid, resin, starch, protopine, corydine, isocorydine, bulbocapnine.

North American perennial native which is a wild cousin to the more familiar Bleeding Heart of flower gardens. Grows to 1 foot from a filiform rhizome with many small yellow tubers. Leaves all basal and finely cut. Flowers greenish-white, sometimes tinged with purple, fragrant, inner petals crested, corolla cordate.

PROPAGATION: By division of crowns or roots; by seed.
NEEDS: Light, fertile soil.
FLOWERS: Early spring.
HARVEST: Tubers when in flower
PART USED: Dried tubers
Dicentra pusilla: Used in Japan for dysentary.

Tonic, diuretic, alterative, narcotic.
Was used for chronic skin infections, syphilis, scrofula, and in some types of menstrual disorders.
Was often combined with Stillingia, Burdock, or Prickly Ash.

All others buy commercial preparations and follow directions carefully.
INFUSION = Was made by combining 1/2 oz. dried root in 1 pint of boiling water, then steeped 15 minutes and taken in wineglassful amounts, 3 or 4 times daily.
FLUID EXTRACT = 1/2 to 1 tsp

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