Last month, prepping dinner, I (Carol) inadvertently sliced off a finger sliver, a minor cut we’ve all experienced at some time. This time, it wouldn’t stop bleeding. Intent upon finishing my task, I put a band-aid on it, tightly, and continued chopping. That didn’t work, so I added some gauze under the band-aid. That didn’t work, so I stopped chopping, redressed the wound, and applied pressure. It STILL wouldn’t stop, evoking images in a horror movie (it really was only a little cut!).
Tom again (see “Cat-Scratch Inflammation”) came to my aid, reminding me of Yunnan Paiyao. He opened a capsule, poured it on the cut, bandaged it with gauze, and the bleeding stopped 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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