Bai Shao (White Peony Root) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • English Name:  White Peony Root
  • Pinyin Name:  Bai Shao

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  • Nourishes the blood and regulates menstrual problems due to blood deficiency (pale, lusterless complexion and nails) - menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding - very common herb for gynecological disorders (Si Wu Tang).
  • Calms liver yang, alleviates pain from constrained liver qi or disharmony between the liver and the spleen due to liver yang rising - cramping and spasms (limbs and abdomen), abdominal pain from dysentery, headache and dizziness.
  • Preserves yin, adjusts ying and wei levels - vaginal discharge and spermatorrhea, exterior wind-cold from deficiency with continuous sweating, spontaneous sweating, night sweats.
Functional Grouping (See All)
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

  • Dosage and Preparation Notes
    • Dosage: 6-15g
    Channels/Meridians Influenced (See All)

     ◦ Liver ◦ Spleen

    Associated Temperature and Taste (See All)

     ◦ Sour (Suan) ◦ Bitter (Ku) ◦ Cool

    Contraindication Notes:
    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.
    Staff Notes:
    • Less cold, but bitter - clears liver heat or blood heat but weaker than Chi Shao Yao.


    Herbal Formulas Which Include Bai Shao

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas which contain Bai Shao (in alphabetical order). You May click on the name of the formula for more details or click on any of the products from our store to read usage information or to purchase a particular formula.

    TCM FormulaClinical Functions
    Ba Zhen Wan

    Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.

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    • Ba Zhen Pian - Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Weakness Herbal Formula
    Bai He Gu Jin Wan

    For lung and kidney yin deficiency with signs such as dry cough, possibly with blood streaked sputum, dry and sore throat, heat in the five palms, nightsweats, wheezing.

    The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

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    Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan

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    Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

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    Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

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    Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

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    Ge Gen Tang Wan

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    Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan

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    Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

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    Jiao Ai Wan

    This formula is generally a tonifying agent with herbs to invigorate the blood it is used for excessive menstruation, excessive spotting between periods or bleeding during pregnancy.  Other uses would be uterine bleeding and restless fetus syndrome.

    The Tongue is generally pale with a thin white coat and the Pulse will be thin and frail.

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    Jin Gu Die Da Wan

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    Ma Zi Ren Wan

    Constipation with dry/difficult to expel stools along with frequent urination.

    Pulse will be submerged and rapid or floating and choppy and the Tongue will have a dry, yellow coating.

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    Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

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    Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

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    Shao Yao Gan Cao Wan

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    Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

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    Shu Gan Wan

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    • Shu Gan Pian - Acid Reflux, Distention, Liver Stagnation Herbal Formula
    Si Ni San Wan Frigid Extremities Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    Used for liver qi stagnation and counterflow qi to the limbs (i.e. cold limbs with hot/stagnant trunk).  Principle signs would be those of liver qi stagnation (depression, mood swings, PMS, grinding of the teeth), hypochondriac pain and/or abdominal pain.

    The tongue will generally be purple/red - darker and the pulse will be wiry or possibly mixed to indicate heat trapped within and stagnation to the extremities.  

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    Si Wu Tang Wan

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    Wen Jing Tang Wan

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    Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

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    Wu Ling San Wan

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    Xi Guan Jie Xiao Tong Wan

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    Xiao Qing Long Wan

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    Xiao Yao Wan

    Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth.  In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.

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    • Xiao Yao Pian
    • Ease Tonic (concentrated capsules of xiao yao wan, easier to take over longer periods of time)
    • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Pian (modified version with the addition of heat clearing herbs, better for issues listed above along with skin issues such as eczema or dermatitis and/or stronger headaches, flushed face, etc.)
    Yu Dai Wan

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    Related Conditions:

     ◦ Uterine Bleeding

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