Peony Alba ( 白芍 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
This herb has strong blood-toning actions and is used in formulas that treat various blood imbalances including most menstrual disorders, poor circulation, and heat rashes; also used to stop bleeding and prevent miscarriages (TCM: deficient Blood and Liver function).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Nourishes Blood, activates circulation, and cools Blood; has astringent actions; pacifies Liver and alleviates pain; restrains Yin and adjusts Nutritive and Protective levels.
Common Formulas Used In
Apricot Seed and Linum; Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Bupleurum and Tang Gui; Clematis and Stephania; Corydalis; Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Peony and Licorice; Pueraria Combination; Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit; Tang Gui and Gardenia; Tang Gui and Ginseng Eight; Tang Gui Four; Tu-Huo and Loranthus.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is cold-deficiency diarrhea.
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