Peony

Peony

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.

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Western

Western Name: Peony

Also Known As: White or Red Peony

Organs/Systems: Liver

Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Antioxidant, Antitumor, Immune Enhancing, Antispasmodic, Febrifuge, Vulnerary, Emmenagogue, Tonic, Astringent, female disorders, headaches.

Eastern

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.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

25-40 different peony species. Most are herbaceous perennial plants, with some resembling trees. They are native to Asia, southern Europe, and western America.

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.

Key Constituents:

Paeoniflorin, paeonol, calcium, copper, astragalin, tannins, flavonoids, glucosides.

Did you know?

Two Variations

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.

Facts

Paeoniaceae Family

Over 262 compounds have been obtained so far from Paeoniaceae plant family.

Fun fact!

900 BC

Cultivated in china since 900BC, it is one of the oldest remedies in TCM.

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