A powerful herb that finds frequent mention in classic Taditional Chinese Medicine texts and cannons for its many wellness properties is Bai Shao, more commonly known as the White Peony Root. Scientifically called Paeonia Lactiflora Pall, it belongs to the Paeoniaceae family of flowering plants.
The “root” section of the peony is highly regarded by herbalists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners for its emotional stabilizing and mental focus benefits (among other benefits, including helping boost the immune system).
In basic terms, it has the potential to make us feel good.
Origin, Flavor, and Uses of White Peony Root
The peony, or the shao yao plant, is not just cultivated for its beautiful flowers, but also for its medicinal roots. This herb is obtained by digging the roots of a 3-4 year old cultivated white peony plant in the summer and autumn, which is then washed and cooked in warm water and finally dried in the sun.
The end result is a peeled root with a white to pink appearance, unlike the red peony root with its outer layer and red color intact.
The taste of the White Peony Root, like many Chinese herbs, ranges from bitter, to sour, to sweet. This health-giving root has been in cultivation since 900 BC, and is widely grown in the Zhejiang, Anhui, and Sichuan provinces of China. It is mostly consumed in the form of herbal teas or encapsulated as a supplement.
Harmonizing Support for Blood & Liver
The White Peony Root is best used as a tonic for blood and as a “heat reducing” (or “heat removing”) herb for the liver. Apart from nourishing the blood and neutralizing a hyperactive or stagnant liver Qi, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine methodology and theory, White Peony Root helps with a wide range of symptoms like abdominal disharmony, muscle spasms, and irregular periods in women.
The benefits continue: Chinese medicine practitioners also believe it also has an astringent effect on sweating, and is antibacterial, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory in nature. Also, as per this study that was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the essential glycosides present in the White Peony Root can greatly benefit people suffering from autoimmune diseases.
One Herb, Two Harmonizing Formulas
The benefits of the White Peony Root are so versatile that we’ve included this herb in three of our formulas: Emotional Balance, a powdered and flavored version inspired by (Xiao Yao San), Free & Easy Wander and Four Substance (Si Wu Tang). Bolstered by the nearly 3,000 year heritage of the White Peony Root, these two formulas can boost a woman's health unlike any other solution.
Four Substance boosts and replenishes energy (and, spoiler alert - you don't need to be a woman to appreciate this powerful formula, sometimes men need a little extra pep as well!). Emotional Balance and Free & Easy Wanderer helps ease stress, calms an anxious mind, reduces bloating, and helps fight fatigue.
Powders and tablets can both work quickly, but traditionally, Chinese herbs have bitter flavor profiles that are not always well received to an unaccustomed western taste profile. One of DAO Labs goals is a commitment to connecting everybody to this beautiful practice, along with bridging introductions to acupuncturists in their community. We've packaged the herbs so they can be incorporated into your busy lives, and given them names that say exactly what they do.
We'd love to have you try our formulas today, and with our 100% Happiness Guarantee. Unleash the power and wisdom of Traditional Chinese herbs.
Care Consideration: Just a reminder that the above information is not a substitute for medical care and is not a substitute for medical advice or recommendations from a healthcare provider. This information is not intended to treat, mitigate or cure any disease. That said, we encourage you to connect with an Acupuncturist in your community to learn more about this and other Traditional Chinese Medicine options. If you’ve got questions about Chinese herbal medicine or getting started with an Acupuncturist, feel free to connect with us on email@example.com.