Family Name: Paeoniaceae
Botanical Name(s): Radix Paeoniae Alba Popular Name(s): Chinese
Parts Used: Root
Habitat: It is native of Europe and Asia.
Description: The plant is a perennial herb, 50-80cm high, with a
stout branched root. Leaves are alternate and bi-alternately compound,
the ultimate segments red- veined, oblong-elliptical. The leaflets are
narrow-ovate or elliptical, 8-12 cm long and 2-4cm wide. Flowers are
large with red, white or purple.
Uses: Peony root is used to relax muscle and cleanse the blood.
It is one of the most highly prized women's herbs used traditionally to
help regulate the female hormonal cycle and to tone up and purify the
blood. It is used as a pain reducing agent and also as an emotional
stabilizer for women. It is said to relieve cramps and spasms anywhere
in the body. Peony root is also believed to extend life and to promote