Paeonia lactiflora extract has many natural anti inflammatory benefits, including antioxidant and nootropic properties and psoriasis support.
Many physicians prescribe NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications) to treat several orthopedic conditions such as tendonitis and arthritis. These drugs have been widely used not only to relieve pain but also to control inflammation. However, as with any other chemically engineered drugs, NSAIDs possess both medicinal benefits and risks. Some of the common side effects associated with these synthetic anti-inflammatories may include:
- Stomach ulcers
- Allergic reactions
To avoid these and other side effects, many people choose natural anti-inflammatory herbs as first-line therapy for helping to relieve inflammation.
What Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory?
Inflammation occurs when the body’s immune system releases antibodies to fight foreign objects. Some autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis may also trigger inflammation. If not controlled early, inflammation may result in more severe conditions.
An anti-inflammatory is a substance or course of treatment used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It can be chemically engineered or naturally extracted from herbs. Paeonia lactiflora is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that has been used for years to control inflammation in the Traditional Chinese Medicine tradition.
Paeonia is a medicinal herb that offers therapeutic value to those who want to optimize their health. Also called Bai Shao, White Peony, and Chinese Peony, the herb offers significant health benefits, including antioxidant, natural anti-inflammatory, and nootropic properties.
Paeonia lactiflora as a Natural Anti Inflammatory
Paeonia’s medicinal value is derived from the Total Glucosides of Peony (TGP), containing paeoniflorin as the main active ingredient. Paeoniflorin may lower the permeability of the peritoneal capillaries and inhibit the production of Prostaglandins and Leukotrienes. Leukotriene B4 and Prostaglandin E2 are the key mediators of inflammation. Paeoniflorin suppresses the action of cyclo-oxygenase and 5- lipoxygenase that produces prostaglandins and leukotrienes, respectively.
Paeonia as Support for Psoriasis Treatment
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin inflammatory condition. Macrophages T-helper cells and neutrophils provoke inflammation, resulting in skin lesions. Paeoniflorin extracted from Paeonia’s roots has been found effective in providing natural anti-inflammatory support in the treatment of this autoimmune condition.
Although the herb has proved effective against psoriasis, clinical studies are still being conducted to determine the mechanism of relieving infiltrated immune cells. Some studies show that Paeoniflorin reduces the number of macrophages (F4/80(+)CD68(+), hence regulating cytokine production. The bioactive ingredient also suppresses neutrophils and inhibits the expression of inflammatory protein-2.
Paeonia in Treating Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sjögren’s syndrome refers to a systemic autoimmune condition where lymphocytes infiltrate the exocrine glands. This condition often occurs alongside other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The Journal of Clinical Rheumatology indicates that TGPs may be effective in the primary treatment of Sjögren’s syndrome. The natural anti-inflammatory properties help to alleviate dryness of the mouth and eyes and reduce the fatigue that usually occurs among patients with this condition.
Paeonia as an Antioxidant
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of Paeonia include a neuroprotective effect that can help in reducing oxidative stress.
Other health benefits of Paeonia lactiflora include:
- Lessening of muscle cramps
- Immunomodulatory properties
- Blood tonic properties
- Cardiac health support
Try Paeonia lactiflora Extract Today
Paeonia, a natural anti-inflammatory, is a great alternative for people who do not want to risk the side effects of over-the-counter drugs like NSAIDs. Extracted from pure natural herbs, Paeonia may provide relief from pain and inflammation, and it makes an excellent health supplement.
Linden Botanicals sells Paeonia in a 100 gram size (50 servings) as YOWZA! Anti-Inflammation Support. We also sell Paeonia in larger 200 gram to 1,000 gram sizes. If you’re looking for more information, a good place to start is the Paeonia FAQ.