Peonies have been cultivated in China since about 900 B.C. The white
peony is one of the oldest remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. They are
a very beautiful and fragrant ornamental flower, but the root is the part valued
in Chinese medicine to treat conditions such as abnormal menses, night sweats, abdominal pain, sores
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Peony root can be taken as a tea, extract or in capsules.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chin-shao-yao refers to white flowered peony, Paeonia albiflora, Mu-sao-yao, which may be Paeonia officinalis in some cases. The plant is found growing wild, and is cultivated for its root which is much prized by Chinese doctors. It is used as a tonic, alterative, astringent and general remedy in the diseases of women. It is specially recommended in pregnancy. Peony is said to be anodyne, diuretic and carminative. It has special action upon the spleen, liver, stomach and intestines and is prescribed in nosebleed, wounds and other hemorrhages. Tree peony or Mou-Tan, Paeonia moutan is known as the king of flowers. The bark of the root is the part used medicinally for fevers, colds, nervous disorders, hemorrhages, headaches and menstrual difficulties.
The common garden peony is one of the most widely grown perennials throughout the Northern hemisphere. Peonies are generally planted
in the fall, but they may also be available in spring as potted plants. For those herbaceous peonies obtained in the fall,
be sure the tuber has three to five buds or "eyes" present. They will be bright red in color. Tree peonies are grown
either from seed or grafts, with the more desirable way for the home gardener being grafted plants. Herbaceous
peonies with three to five "eyes" will generally flower the second year after planting, while it will take three years for a
grafted tree peony.
Related SpeciesPaeonia suffruticos Tree peony ,Mu Tan is a symbol of love and affection and an official herb in the Chinese Pharmacopeia
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History and Traditions & Folklore
It is an herb of the Sun, and under the Lion. Physicians say, Male Peony roots are best; but Dr. Reason told me Male Peony was best for men, and Female Peony for women, and he desires to be judged by his brother Dr. Experience. The roots are held to be of more virtue than the seed; next the flowers; and, last of all, the leaves Nicholas Culpeper, 1653
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