Botanical Name: Paeonia lactiflorae
A beautiful garden favorite, this flower is also a wonderful herb. It is especially known for treating female conditions associated with menstruation or menopause.
Below is an overview of peony, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of peony.
Western Name: Peony
Also Known As: White or Red Peony
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Antioxidant, Antitumor, Immune Enhancing, Antispasmodic, Febrifuge, Vulnerary, Emmenagogue, Tonic, Astringent, female disorders, headaches.
Pin Yin: Bai Shao
Also Known As: White Peony
Meridians: Liver, Spleen
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Tonify Qi and Nourish Blood: Treat female disorders and an excellent blood tonic. Calm Liver Yang: relieve pain in chest or abdomen due to stagnant liver qi, headaches, dizziness. Preserves and Purifies Yin. Cools Blood.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Root
Flavors: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Caution: None noted.
History/Folklore: In the Chinese tradition, women who use peony root teas on a regular basis will become as radiant and beautiful as the flower itself. Said to make skin elastic and silky. White peony is one of the oldest remedies in TCM.
Paeoniflorin, paeonol, calcium, copper, astragalin, tannins, flavonoids, glucosides.
NOT to be confused with moutan (peony tree). There are two variations of peony, white and red. White is more of a tonic to blood and yin energy; the red variety is more of a hemostatic and is better at promoting circulation.
Over 262 compounds have been obtained so far from Paeoniaceae plant family.
Cultivated in china since 900BC, it is one of the oldest remedies in TCM.
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