Moutan ( 牡丹皮 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Moutan Radicis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Mu Dan Pi

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Small curls of root bark




Acrid, bitter

Meridians Entered

Heart, Liver, Kidneys

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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