Peony Alba ( 白芍 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Paeoniae Lactiflorae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Bai Shao

Common English Name

White Peony

Part of Plant Used





Bitter, sour

Meridians Entered

Liver, Spleen

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is cold-deficiency diarrhea.

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