Herbs Guide

White Peony Root

Family Name: Paeoniaceae

Botanical Name(s): Radix Paeoniae Alba Popular Name(s): Chinese Peony Root

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 beauty.