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Paeonia lactiflora / CHI SHAO YAO / Red Peony Root Cut

Dried, Cut Red Peony Root.
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Product Description



Botanical Name - Paeonia lactiflora

Chinese Name - CHI SHAO YAO

English Name - Red Peony Root

Paeonia lactiflora, commonly called Red Peony, is a flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae family. Also known as Radix Paeoniae Rubra in Latin, in Traditional Chinese Medicine it refers to the dried root of Paeonia lactiflora Pall. or Paeonia veitchii Lynch. This herb is produced in most parts of China. Usually the medicinal roots are harvested in spring and autumn.

Difference between BAI SHAO and CHI SHAO

Bai Shao (White Peony Root) comes from one plant, Paeonia lactiflora, whereas official Chi Shao can come from two plants, P. lactiflora and P. veitchii.  The later only produces Chi Shao and is only found in the wild.  The former can produce either bai shao or chi shao and can be either cultivated or wild-crafted.  If it is cultivated and subjected to pao zhi (boiling and scraping off the root bark), it is bai shao.  If it is wild-crafted and used crude, it is chi shao.

In China, Bai Shao and Chi Shao are regarded as two separate medicinals.  Both use paeoniflorin content for quality control testing, but the standard minimum content of chi shao is higher than that of bai shao.


Medicinal Action and Uses

Blood Conditions - Its most important uses and indications are measles in epidemic heat syndrome, hematemesis, nosebleed, discharging fresh blood stool, sore red swollen eyes, swelling, abscesses and boils.

Circulatory - Red Peony Rootpromotes blood circulation, dispels blood stasis. Many sources classify this herb as a blood mover. It can be used to treat pain and swelling (including after trauma), dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, immobile abdominal masses.

Hepatic -  Because Chi Shao Yao is cold and bitter, it is able to reduce Liver-Heat.



Product is supplied in Resealable Foil Bags.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Common Name Red Peony Root Cut
Weight 1.188000
Country of Manufacture United Kingdom


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