Peony Rubra ( 赤芍 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Paeoniae Rubra

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Chi Shao

Common English Name

Red Peony

Part of Plant Used



Slightly cold


Sour, bitter

Meridians Entered

Liver, Spleen

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of skin eruptions, trauma, red swollen eyes, bloody nose, vomiting of blood, absence of menses, rashes, and acne (TCM: Blood stasis and heat conditions); also used to reduce pain (TCM: stagnant Blood and Liver Fire).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Invigorates Blood and dispels congealed Blood; clears Heat and cools Blood; clears Liver Fire.

Common Formulas Used In

Qiang-Huo and Turmeric.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use cautiously where there is a Blood deficiency.

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