Moutan ( 牡丹皮 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Mu Dan Pi
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Small curls of root bark
Heart, Liver, Kidneys
This herb is used in formulas to treat gynecological problems including tumors, masses, lumps in abdomen, or irregular or missing menses, after actual malignancy has been ruled out (TCM: Blood stasis); also used for skin eruptions, mouth sores, abnormal bleeding from the nose, and blood in sputum, vomit, or under the skin with or following a high fever; also has been used to treat intestinal abscesses, such as appendicitis, by reducing swelling and draining pus.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Clears heat and cools Blood; clears deficiency fire, invigorates Blood and dispels congealed Blood; clears ascending Liver fire; drains pus and reduces swelling.
Common Formulas Used In
Anemarrhena, Phellodendron, and Rehmannia; Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Eight Immortal Long Life Pill; Leonuris and Achyranthes; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit; Rehmannia and Magnetitum; Rehmannia Eight; Rehmannia Six.
Cautions in Use
Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use where there are cold conditions, excessive menstrual bleeding, or deficient Yin with excessive sweating.