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Health Benefits of Peony

Peony is an ancient, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, was considered useful for hypertension, chest pain, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever. Peony was an important remedy for female reproductive conditions ranging from dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) to irregular menses. Chi shao or red peony was used for bleeding or lack of blood movement, depending on how it was prepared. Moutan was also considered helpful for problems characterized by bleeding, such as nosebleeds, bleeding wounds, or menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding).


Dilates blood vessels

The active elements of peony herb may assist in dilating blood vessels. Peony has the capability of relaxing the aorta extensively by about 9%. Paenol, which is the active compound in peony, also marked increased nitric oxide in the body. This action further assists to relax the blood vessels. Furthermore, researchers also found that peony regulates calcium flow, which works like the signal for promoting muscle contraction.


Hay Fever

The Japanese herbal formula known as sho-seiryu-to has been shown to reduce symptom, such as sneezing, for people with hay fever. Sho-seiryu-to contains licorice, cassia bark, schisandra, ma huang, ginger, peony root, pinellia, and asiasarum root.


Diabetes and Weight Loss

Researchers supplied extracts of peony root (paeonia suffruticosa) to obese mice. They found mice, especially the male, declined in food intake and increased in glucose tolerance. Thus, peony root extracts may benefit diabetes and weight loss.



A crude extract of red peony root was shown in a small, preliminary trial to reduce cirrhosis in some people with chronic viral hepatitis. Other preliminary trials published in Chinese demonstrated that red peony root was helpful (by reducing liver enzyme levels or symptoms or both) for people with viral hepatitis.


Thins blood

Peony intake is believed to help in impeding blood coagulation or platelet aggregation. The active peony constituents were discovered to improve blood flow through preventing platelet aggregation. This ensures blood smoothly travels all over the body, reaching the necessary organs and tissues quickly.


Protects the liver


The primary bioactive constituent of peony was examined for its useful effects it displayed on a person’s liver. The researchers examined peony’s ability of preventing oxidative stress linked to an antigen that promotes tissue damage and inflammation. The antioxidants effects of peony are also thought to offer liver protection through lowering the levels of inflammatory chemicals in the liver.