If you’ve ever cut your finger preparing dinner, you know these are the cuts that never seem to stop bleeding. Maybe it’s because of the focused desire to finish the task once started, typically we’ll stop long enough to put a tight band-aid on it but continue chopping. If that doesn’t work, redressing with some gauze under the band-aid might do the trick, but it’s always these little cuts that evokes horror movie images of spurting blood. Don’t worry, we have a great medicine to recommend you have on hand. It’s famous for stopping bleeding, and you only need a tiny bit for it to work!
It’s called Yunnan Paiyao (or sometimes “Baiyao”). This is a powder in a capsule, which you open and pour directly on the cut, then bandage with gauze. You’ll find that the bleeding stops immediately — AND the gauze did not get caught in the coagulating blood because the powdered herb layer captured the fibers instead.
Yunnan Paiyao came to recognition during the war in Vietnam. Legend has it that the tiny red pill stops gunshot wounds, yet no chemist has been able to isolate and identify what’s in it. The rest of the formula consists of herbs that simultaneously stop bleeding and heal wounds without stopping healthy blood flow: an interesting combination of properties, when you think about it. It is often recommended for use internally when undergoing surgery because of its multifaceted capability with blood.
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