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Yunnan Baiyao, also known as Yunnan Bai Yao or Yunnan Paiyao, is Class-1 protected traditional medicine, which originated in China. It is also known as Yunnan White Drug. This herbal drug has hemostatic (blood clotting) abilities. It was used famously during the Vietnam War to help stop bleeding.
Panax Notoginseng, a herb found in the Yunnan area, is believed to be the primary ingredient of the medicine and is responsible for the anti-hemorrhagic abilities of Yunnan Baiyao. It is believed that the drug activates platelets, the blood components that are responsible for blood clotting. The same ingredient is also believed to treat various disorders including joint and muscular pains associated with strains, bruises, backaches, sprains, and arthritis.
Nowadays, Yunnan Baiyao is heavily promoted as a dietary supplement that you can apply externally and consume internally. This herbal medication is a household name in China and is considered a first-aid kit.
The exact formula for Yunnan Baiyao is a government secret, but it is developed and manufactured by a government-owned company in Yunnan, China. They have 13 separate teams working on the medication. Each team is assigned a different component to mix and work on. Each team does not know the ingredients that the other teams are working on. Another team mixes all the components together, and this team does not know the content of each of the ingredients. They are only aware of the proportions of each ingredient.
According to Wikipedia, a few of the ingredients mentioned by the company website includes saponins, alkaloids, and calcium phosphate. Although the formula is a strict government secret, the original labels from Yunnan Baiyao exported to the United States revealed the following ingredients:
This information can no longer be found in the product labels today.
In traditional medicine, Yunnan Baiyao is believed to help activate blood circulation, disperse blood stasis, and promote normal blood clotting. Studies of this herbal medicine showed that its ingredients, specifically notoginseng, demonstrate hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-coagulant properties. Clinical studies on this medication showed that it can treat various types of bleeding including those resulting from skin and colon ulcers. It can even treat bleeding in the uterus.
There are even reports that indicate that Yunnan Baiyao has helped treat bleeding in cancer patients, but there are no formal studies on the effects of this herbal medicine on cancer treatment. Generally, however, Yunnan Baiyao is believed to perform the following uses:
Yunnan Baiyao is used on dogs to help stop internal bleeding. The medicine is applied effectively topically on wounds to help stop any bleeding and hastens healing. It can also be administered internally to help control bleeding associated with various diseases especially cancers like hemangiosarcoma of the liver, bladder tumors, and spleen cancers in dogs and cats.
Yunnan Baiyao can be purchased without a prescription, but it shouldn’t be administered unless it is under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian. It is not yet registered for use in animals by the FDA, but Yunnan Baiyao is prescribed legally by veterinarians as a supplemental drug.
Yunnan Baiyao is registered for use in humans. Be careful when buying this herbal medication. Fake ones proliferate the market. Make sure to purchase only the proprietary product.
For wounds resulting from a gunshot, traumatic injury, knife injury, menorrhagia, and metrorrhagia, healthcare professionals have to advise their patients to take the medicine with warm water. For treating swelling and pain, wounds with stagnated blood, and disease of gynecopathy, make sure that your patients take the drug with wine.
To treat venomous sore, make sure to administer a 025g dosage and apply it on the infected area with Yunnan Baiyao mixed with wine. Avoid applying it to suppurative wounds or sores. To treat slight injuries and other symptoms of internal bleeding, administer the medication orally.
Yunnan Baiyao must be used only on dogs after consultation. Here are the general guidelines for dogs and cats:
It is best to give the medicine on alternating days or a 5-day on, 5-day off cycle, and then repeat. Yunnan Baiyao is safe when administered with antibiotics, vaccines, and pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other medications.
The duration of the administration of this medication would depend on the disorder or condition being treated, the patient’s response to the medication, as well as the development of side effects. The entire treatment plan should be completed even when the pet appears to be feeling better to prevent relapse.
While generally, Yunnan Baiyao is safe and effective, it may create some side effects in dogs. The most common side effect on dogs, however, is an upset stomach, which can manifest as vomiting and diarrhea.
Yunnan Baiyao should not administer to people who:
Yunnan Baiyao should be not be used in dogs with allergy or sensitivity to the drug. It should be used with caution when used with dogs suffering from liver disease. It should also be used with caution if used every other day or for a limited period. It shouldn’t be given in lactating or pregnant dogs or cats.
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