The herb White Peony Root and its use have been quite well-known in China as a remedy for ailments that involve the liver, as well as for female disorders. White peony root is known most widely as one of the herbs used to make ‘Four Things Soup’, a woman’s tonic and it is also a remedy for gynecological problems and for cramp pain and giddiness.
The White Peony Root comes from the plant known as Chinese Peony or common garden peony. Known by its official name paeonia lactiflora and by its Chinese name bai shao yao, the Chinese peony is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant in the family Paeoniaceae. Native to central and eastern Asia from eastern Tibet across northern China to eastern Siberia, the white peony is about 60-100 centimeters tall. It has round flower buds, opening into large flowers with 5-10 white, pink, or crimson petals and yellow stamens.
The most active component of the white peony root is a monoterpenoid glycoside called paeoniflorin. This has been shown to have a strong antispasmodic effect on many parts of the body. The actions of paeniflorin are complemented by flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, tannins and polysaccharides that endow the white peony root with its potency.
White peony root also has mild anti-inflammatory, sedative, diuretic and analgesic properties. It should be noted that white peony root should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner and should not be prescribed for pregnant women.
White Peony Root Tea can be made by adding 1 ounce of white peony root in coarse powdered form to 1 pint of boiling water. White Peony Root Tea can be taken 3 times a day.
Among the health benefits attributed to white peony root tea are:
- Known to aid in calming the liver, helping energize it
- May help promote blood circulation, as well as improve blood nourishment. It may also help lower blood pressure
- Could help alleviate menstrual disorders like heavy bleeding and pain
- May help alleviate abdominal and chest pains
- May assist in the treatment of headaches, dizziness, and tinnitus
- May aid in the treatment of convulsions and epilepsy