Bitter, sour and slightly cold2 MERIDIANS
Liver and spleen3 FUNCTIONS
- To nourish blood and consolidate the yin ;
- To pacify the liver and stop pain;
- To soothe liver yang
- Deficiency of blood manifested as irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and uterine bleeding. White peony root (Bai Shao) is used with Chinese angelica root (Dang Gui), Prepared rehmannia root (Shu Di Huang) and Chuan Xiong rhizome (Chuanxiong) in the formula Siwu Tang.
- Deficient blood and yin leading to the yang floating to the surface manifested as night sweating and spontaneous sweating. White peony root (Baishao) is used with Dragon bone (Long Gu), Oyster shell (Mu Li) and Light wheat (Fu Xiao Mai).
- Weakness of the body due to invasion by exogenous pathogenic wind and cold manifested as spontaneous sweating and aversion to wind. White peony root (Baishao) is used with Cinnamon twigs (Gui Zhi) in the formula Guizhi Tang.
- Liver qi stagnation manifested as hypochondriac pain, breast distension and irregular menstruation. White peony root (Baishao) is used with Bupleurum root (Chai Hu) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui) in the formula Xiaoyang San.
- Muscle spasms and pain of hands and feet or abdominal pain. White peony root (Baishao) is used with Licorice root (Gan Cao).
- Abdominal pain and tenesmus in dysentery. White peony root (Baishao) is used with Coptis root (Huang Lian), Costus root (Mu Xiang) and Bitter orange (Zhiqiao).
- Headache and dizziness caused by hyperactivity of liver yang. White peony root (Baishao) is used with Cyathula root (Niu Xi), Uncaria stem (Gou Teng) and Chrysanthemum flower (Ju Hua).
This herb is contraindicated in cases with cold or deficiency yang syndromes. It counteracts the herb Black false bellebore (Lilu)