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Chi Shao (Red Peony Root)

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Slightly Cold Chi Shao (Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Sour, Bitter, Slightly Cold
Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
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chì sháo
Red Peony


  • Clears Heat and Cools the Blood
    For heat in the Blood level causing fever, red-purple tongue, skin blotches, and bleeding. Also treats gynecological disorders from hot Blood (dysmenorrhea or menorrhagia).
  • Invigorates Blood, Removes, Stagnation and Swelling
    For amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, acute inflammations, abdominal pain and masses. Also used for swelling and stagnation from internal or external injury, rashes, and abscess.
  • Clears Liver Fire
    For ascending Liver Fire affecting the eyes, causing redness and swelling.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated in patients with blood deficiency, and for amenorrhea from cold from deficiency.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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


  • 4.5-9 grams.
  • Part used: root.


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

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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