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.
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?
• 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 Cramp Bark Plus
• For injuries, with Resinall K or Resinall E Tabs
• For muscle pain and fibromyalgia, combine with AC-Q Tabs
• For joint or nerve pain, use Channel Flow with Mobility 2 or Mobility 3