Bai Shao / White Peony Root last update 06-2014

Taste & Property: Bitter, sour, cool, neutral.

ACTION: To subdue hyperactivity of the liver and relieve pain, to nourish blood and regulate menstruation, and to check excessive perspiration.

INDICATIONS: Headache and dizziness; costal and abdominal pain; spasmodic pain of the limbs; anemia; menstrual disorders; spontaneous sweating and night sweating.

1.Tonifying blood and assisting Yin energy. In treating irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia, metrostaxis, etc. due to deficiency of blood, the drug is often used in combination with Radix Angelicae Sinensis, Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong, Radix Rehmanniae Praeparata, etc. In treating exterior syndrome of deficiency with spontaneous sweating and aversion to wind due to invasion of wind-cold, the drug can be used in combination with Ramulus Cinnamomi to regulate the nutrient and defensive systems. The drug can also be used to treat night sweating.
2. Harmonizing the liver and relieving pain
In treating pain of the chest, hypochondrium, stomach, abdomen, etc. due to dysfunction of liver-Qi, the drug is often used in combination with drugs for relieving depressed liver such as Radix Bupleuri, Rhizoma Cyperi, etc. In treating pain of the epigastrium and abdomen, or spasms and pains of the limb, the drug is often used in combination with Rhizoma Coptidis, Radix Scutellariae, Radix Aucklandiae, etc.
3. Nourishing Yin and soothing the liver
In treating headache, dizziness, etc. due to deficiency of liver-Yin and hyperactivity of liver-Yang, the drug is often used in combination with Radix Rehmanniae. Concha Haliotidis, Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis, Flos Chrysanthemi, etc.

TIPS: The crude herb used to support Yin, soothe the liver and treat dysentery. The parched drug is used to nourish the liver, regulate the spleen and relieve pain. When the drug is parched with wine, its cold nature is reduced.

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