A powerful herb that finds frequent mention in classic Chinese medicine texts for its many healing 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 makes us feel good.
Origin, Flavor, and Uses
The peony or the shaoyao 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 pain, 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 two of our formulas: Emotional Balance, based off (Xiao Yao San) and Women's Formula (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. The Women's Formula 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 helps ease stress, calms an anxious mind, reduces bloating, and helps fight fatigue.
Granules work faster and are more effective than pills, but traditionally, Chinese herbs taste terrible and are confusing to westerners who haven't studied herbs. DAO Labs is committed to making Chinese Medicine more accessible. We've complemented the natural, earthy flavors of the herbs with refreshing essences of fruits, vegetables, spices, and a little bit of honey. We've packaged the herbs so they can be incorporated into your busy lives, and given them names that say exactly what they do.
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