by Health Concerns

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Therapeutic Actions

  1. Has pain relieving and relaxant properties
  2. Helps relieve joint, muscle, tendon, abdominal and gynecological pain and
  3. Treats headache, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, especially when used with other formulas
  4. Can be used as an alternative to NSAIDs and Tylenol (acetaminophen)

Chinese Therapeutic Effects

 Regulates Qi and blood

Warms the channels


 Internal: 2 to 3 tablets, TID or QID 

60 tablets, 750 mg., 10 day supply
Contraindications: Do not use during pregnancy. Consider combining with a tonic formula for long-term administration.


 Corydalis extract rhizome (yan hu suo), Angelica root (bai zhi), White Peony root (bai shao), Cinnamon twig (gui zhi), Tang Kuei root (dang gui), Salvia root (dan shen), Myrrh resin (mo yao), Frankincense resin (ru xiang), Licorice root (gan cao)

Pinyin Reference: Modified Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan


 Channel Flow was developed by Misha Cohen, OMD, LAc, and Andrew Gaeddert, out of their clinical experience with fibromyalgia, abdominal pain, and gynecological disorders. This formula was designed for quick results.

Corydalis (yan hu suo) was chosen as the chief herb for the formula, as it is very widely used in China for pain relief. It is 25% of the formula in a 7:1 extract. Corydalis invigorates the blood and alleviates pain. Corydalis also regulates Qi and is used for pain in the chest, abdomen, and epigastric area. It is also used for menstrual pain, as well as hernia-like (bearing down) pain. Corydalis has a mild sedative effect.

Angelica (bai zhi) relieves pain, especially in the upper body, neck, and shoulders. Tang kuei (dang
gui) has a special effect in relieving abdominal and uterine pain. Traditionally, it is used for dysmenorrhea and arthritic pain. It increases local circulation of blood and has a warming effect. Its functions are to nourish, tonify, and invigorate the blood. Tang kuei, with salvia (dan shen) and myrrh (mo yao), alleviates pain due to blood stagnation in the extremities. White peony (bai shao) alleviates pain, spasms, and cramping.

Cinnamon twig (gui zhi) was chosen for the specific effect of bringing the herbs to the surface of the body and to promote circulation of blood. The traditional functions include warming the channels. It has shown analgesic effects according to Western research. Salvia (dan shen) was chosen for its specific effect of relieving menstrual pain. Its traditional functions include invigorating blood and removing blood stasis and heat. According to Western research, salvia increases microcirculation of blood flow and has a sedative effect.

Myrrh and frankincense are included for their functions in relieving pain. Frankincense (ru xiang) invigorates the blood and promotes movement of Qi. It alleviates pain and reduces swelling. Myrrh (mo yao) invigorates the blood, dispels blood stasis, reduces swelling and alleviates pain. Both Frankincense and myrrh promote healing. Licorice (gan cao) alleviates pain and spasms, and has anti-inflammatory and detoxicant effects.

 Clinical Notes

  1. Our experience is that 2-3 tablets of Channel Flow are equivalent in analgesic activity to 400mg
    of ibuprophen and 1000mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) in adults
  2. See Health Concerns Newsletter: Vol. 9 No. 3 Can Herbs Help Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients?

Additional Information

  • Channel Flow is a good adjunct to other Health Concerns formulas. For headache, use with Head-Q
  • For pain affecting the lower body use with Backbone
  • For pain due to dysmenorrhea, endometriosis or fibroids it can be used with Crampbark Plus
  • For injuries, use with Resinall K or Resinall E
  • For muscle pain and fibromyalgia, combine with AC-Q
  • For joint or nerve pain, use Channel Flow with Mobility 2 or Mobility 3

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