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Bai Shao (White Peony Root)

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Cool Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bitter, Sour, Cool
Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Tone Marks:
bái sháo
Alt Names:
Bai Shao Yao
White Peony


  • Nourishes Blood and Preserves Yin
    For Liver Blood Deficiency with symptoms such as dizziness, tinnitus, pale and dull complexion, and pale and brittle nails. For Liver Blood and Yin Deficiency causing Wind due to long standing heat from febrile disease with symptoms such as twitches, tremors, muscle spasms, alternating extension and flexion of the hands and feet, tonic-clonic spasms, or convulsions.
  • Nourishes Blood and Regulate the Menses
    For chronic Liver Blood Deficiency causing Deficiency in the Ren and Chong Channels with symptoms such as dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation, uterine bleeding, vaginal discharge, postpartum disorders, gestational disorders, and spermatorrhea.
  • Nourishes the Ying Level, Preserves the Yin, and Adjusts the Wei
    For night sweating where the Yang moves to the inside of the body during the night, forcing out body fluids. For spontaneous sweating where the Wei Qi is weak and can not properly control the opening and closing of the skin pores.
  • Calms Liver Yang and Subdues Liver Wind
    For Liver Yang rising caused by Liver Yin and Blood Deficiency with symptoms such as ringing in the ears, dizziness, vertigo, red eyes, flushed face, irritability, anger, headaches, and poor balance. In severe cases, there may be delirium, convulsions, or loss of consciousness.
  • Softens and Comforts the Liver and Alleviates Pain
    For pain, cramps, or spasms in the sinews, tendons, and muscles. Also used to relieve pain in the intercostal, hypochondriac, and abdomen areas.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of Yang Deficiency and Cold in the Middle Jiao with symptoms such as diarrhea
  • Do not use in patients with rashes that are not completely expressed from External Wind, or with eczema.
  • Do not use in postpartum cases with bleeding or Blood Stagnation.
  • This herb may cause sedation and drowsiness and should be used cautiously by patients operating machinery.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 5-10 grams (Up to 30 Grams can be used in severe cases)


  1. Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
  2. Chai Hu (Radix Bupleuri)

  1. Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
  2. Chi Shao (Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)

  1. Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
  2. Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

This herb is incompatible with:
  • Li Lu (Radix Et Rhizoma Veratri)

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