The effects of White Peony include nourishing the blood, regulating menstruation, reinforcing yin with astringent action to stop sweating, nourishing the liver pain and suppressing the liver-yang.
Peony Root is a famous and highly prized blood tonic used to relax muscles and cleanse the blood. It is one of the most highly prized women's herbs used traditionally to help regulate the female hormonal cycle. It is also used as a pain reducing agent, and as an emotional stabilizer by women. It is said to relieve cramps and spasms anywhere in the body.
Irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, metrorrhagia and metrostaxis due to blood deficiency. It is often used along with Chinese angelica root, chuanxiong rhizome, and prepared rehmannia root.
Spontaneous sweating due to exterior deficiency and night sweat due to yin deficiency. For the former, it is often used with cinnamon twig; for the latter, it is often prescribed with oyster shell, dragon's bone, arborvitae seed, etc.
Pain in the hypochondrium, stomach and abdomen due to disorder of the liver-qi or spasm and pain in the extremities. For pain in the hypochondrium due to stagnation of the liver-qi, it is often dispensed with bupleurum root and cyperus tuber, as in Bupleurum Powder for Dispersing Liver-qi (Chaihu Shugan San); for abdominal pain and diarrhea, it can be used with white atractylodes rhizome, tangerine peel and ledebouriella root, as in Prescription of Importance for Diarrhea with Pain(Tongxie Yaofang); for dysenteric abdominal pain, it can be used with aucklandia root, areca seed and coptis root; for spasmodic pain of the stomach and abdomen or in the extremities, it is often used with liquorice as in Decoction of Peony and liquorice(Shaoyao Gancao Tang).
For hyperactivity of the liver-yang marked by headache and vertigo, it is often used along with dried rehmannia root, achyranthes root and red ochre, as in Sweeping Down Decoction for Hypertension(Jianling Tang).
Medicinal virtues: The roots have more virtues than the seed, next the flowers, and then the leaves. The root is washed, crushed and infused for at least 24 hours. It is then strained and a good draught taken morning and evening for several days. This will cure the falling-sickness in old as well as young, if the disease be not of too long standing and past cure. The body can be prepared by taking ale drink-posset made of Betony. The root or the seed beaten to a powder, and given in wine, is effectual for cleansing the womb after childbirth and easing the mother. Taken morning and night, the black seed is effectual for nightmare and melancholy dreams. The distilled water or syrup made of the flowers works the same, but more weakly.
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