Evodia is an herb you may not be familiar with. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years and is one of the rare herbs to be classified as Hot. It is excellent for treating conditions that are especially associated with Cold and pain. Evodia is only used in very small doses. It is Hot and works fast. Too much can be toxic, but in the right amounts, it is a powerful healing ally.
In TCM, it is commonly used to treat digestive disorders including acid reflux, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder), stomach cramping, ulcers, diarrhea, and dysentery. It is useful for treating headaches accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or abdominal cramping.
Besides having analgesic properties, evodia also specifically exhibits antinociceptive properties, meaning it relieves pain without any negative effects on consciousness or causing anesthesia.
Evodia extract is used to help improve stamina, ease muscle pain, increase sex hormones, improve the function of cardiac muscles, reduce blood fat, and improve metabolism. The extract has also been found to inhibit inflammation in human cells and skin (even when applied topically).
In the West, evodia is mostly used to treat skin conditions and support athletic performance by aiding weight loss and easing muscle aches.
Find out more about Evodia (Wu Zhu Yu).