Chinese Herb: Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae

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Chinese Herb: Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae

Herb 2 of 11 in Herbs that Cool the Blood

Slightly Cold Chi Shao (Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Sour, Bitter, Slightly Cold
Latin:
Radix Rubrus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chinese:
赤芍
Tone Marks:
chì sháo
Translation:
Red Peony

Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

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

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 4.5-9 grams.
  • Part used: root.

Chinese Herb Combinations:

  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)

References Used

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