Bai Shao White Peony Root - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Bai Shao Names

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

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Bai Shao Cautions

    Contraindication Notes:

    • Incompatible with Li Lu
    • Avoid in cases of yang deficiency and cold in the middle jiao - diarrhea, cold sensation in the stomach.

Bai Shao Clinical Usages and Indications

  • 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.

Bai Shao Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 6-15g

Clinician Notes

  • Less cold, but bitter - clears liver heat or blood heat but weaker than Chi Shao Yao.

Bai Shao Appears In 26 Formulas

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
  • 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.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Bai He Gu Jin Wan

  • Lily Bulb to Preserve the Metal
  • 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.

  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan

Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan

Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan

Jiao Ai Wan

  • Ass-Hide Gelatin and Mugwort Formula
  • 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.

  • Stop Bleeding
  • Tonify and Stop Bleeding
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases of beng lou (flooding and spotting) when caused by heat or accompanied with strong heat signs.

Ma Zi Ren Wan

Ming Mu Di Huang Wan

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Si Ni San Wan

  • Frigid Extremities Powder Pills
  • 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.  

  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen
  • Cautions
    • Not for cold extremities from yang or Blood deficiency.
    • Use with caution or avoid in very weak patients who cannot sustain the movement that this formula creates.

Si Wu Tang Wan

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

Wu Ling San Wan

Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer
  • 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.

  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Yu Dai Wan

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