Bitter and slightly cold
1. To clear heat and cool blood; 2. To remove stagnant blood and reduce swelling
1. Febrile diseases in which exogenous pathogenic heat enters into the nutritive and blood levels manifested as maculopapule, vomiting with blood, epistaxis, and deep red tongue. Red peony (Chi Shao) is used with fresh rehmannia root (Sheng Di Huang) and Moutan bark (Mu Dan Pi).2. Blood stagnation manifested as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, acute inflammation with red swelling and pain from external injury. Red peony (Chishao) is used with Chuan Xiong rhizome (Chuanxiong), Chinese angelica root (Dang Gui), peach seed (Tao Ren) and Safflower (Hounghua).3. Boils, carduncles and furuncles. Red peony (Chishao) is used with Honeysuckle flower (Jin Yin Hua) and Forsythia fruit (Lian Qiao).
This herb should not be combined with black false bellebore (Lilu).