Information on Peony

Latin NamePaeonia lactiflora
Other NamesWhite peony
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system, Liver
CautionsAvoid use of the root when suffering from diarrhea due to digestive weakness with a feeling of coldness.
Botanical InfoA bushy herb with red flowers. Native to China, Siberia, and Japan.
DescriptionChinese white-flowered peony root is especially helpful for nurturing the blood and regulating the menstrual cycle, helping to alleviate undesirable symptoms during menstruation. Use the herb with nettles and yellow dock for mild anemia or blood deficiency with such symptoms as fatigue, pale color of the cheeks, and a feeling of coldness in the extremities.

Peony has a taste of BITTER, SOUR and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Peony

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Menstruation, deficientblood buildertea
Anemiablood buildertea
Abdominal painantispasmodictea, tincture, pills
Menstrual crampsantispasmodictea, tincture


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