Chinese Name:
Bai Shao
Comman Name:
Chinese Peony
Latin Name:
Paeonia Lactiflora Pall

Chinese Peony has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for at least 1,500 years. It is sour, slight cold and nontoxic. It acts on the liver, stomach , spleen and lung channels.

WHY IT'S USED: It facilitates blood circulation, eases the tension of the interior, and removes malignant blood stasis and fluid-retension. It facilitates the normal function of the urinary Blooder and large and small Intestines. It eliminates swelling and caebuncle, treats epidemic disease with chills and fever. It relieves back pain and abdominal pain. The is analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, and nervine.

COMMENTS AND CAUTIONS: Chinese Peony/Bai Shao is tonic. It can be taken for long time. Dosage: 9 to 15 grams

Distribution Habitat
The peony or paeony (Paeonia) is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America. Most are herbaceous perennial plants 0.5ĘC1.5 metres tall, but some are woody shrubs up to 1.5ĘC3 metres tall. They have compound, deeply lobed leaves, and large, often fragrant flowers, ranging from red to white or yellow, in late spring and early summer. In the past, the peonies were often classified in the family Ranunculaceae, alongside Hellebores and Anemones.

Resources Books
Chinese Medicine Dictionary. Compendium of meteria medica(Bencao Gangmu)