Red Peony Root
Review Forms and Sizes Below
- Slightly Cold
- Liver Cirrhosis
Pin Yin Name
- Chi Shao Yao
- Chi Shao
- Chinese Peony Root
- Red Peony
- Paeonia lactiflora
About Red Peony Root
Peony is named after the Greek figure Paeon, a student of the great healer Aesculapius. There are many medicinal properties for both red peony root and white peony root. The traditional uses for red peony root include clearing heat, invigorating the blood, clearing liver fire, removing stagnation and swelling, and cooling the blood. It is an excellent herbal remedy!
Today, red peony root is commonly used in alternative medicine for menstrual problems, hepatitis, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, and epilepsy. Red peony root is almost always used in conjuction with other herbs and is a great natural remedy for a variety of ailments.
Scientific studies have shown the beneficial effects of red peony. "This indicates that Paeonia lactiflora might be a potential therapeutic agent for cholestasis" (Ma et. al, 2015). Another study claims that the extract of red peony root might be useful for psoriasis. "These results indicate that PE has an inhibitory effect on poly (I:C)-induced inflammatory reaction of keratinocytes, suggesting that PE can be developed for the treatment of psoriasis" (Choi et. al, 2015).
- Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use if you already have diarrhea.
- Choi MR, Choi DK, Sohn KC, Lim SK, Kim DI, Lee YH, Im M, Lee Y, Seo YJ, Kim CD, Lee JH. Inhibitory effect of Paeonia lactiflora Pallas extract (PE) on poly (I:C)-induced immune response of epidermal keratinocytes. Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2015 May 1;8(5):5236-41. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26191223; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4503095.
- Foster S, Yue CX. Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1992:200-7.
- Ma X, Zhao YL, Zhu Y, Chen Z, Wang JB, Li RY, Chen C, Wei SZ, Li JY, Liu B, Wang RL, Li YG, Wang LF, Xiao XH. Paeonia lactiflora Pall. protects against ANIT-induced cholestasis by activating Nrf2 via PI3K/Akt signaling pathway. Drug Des Devel Ther. 2015 Sep 2;9:5061-74. doi: 10.2147/DDDT.S90030. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26366057; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4562737.