Paeonia health benefits include providing immune system health support, reducing inflammation, reducing fatigue, and protecting the brain.
Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony Root, Bai Shao Yao, Chinese Peony) is a plant that offers tremendous health benefits. Native to China, Paeonia is a nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant.
A traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Paeonia is valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers. The main traditional use is in support of immune system health. Therapeutic uses also include supporting the proper function of the colon, lungs, liver, and spleen. Highly revered in China, Korea, and Japan, it is believed to reduce inflammation, serve as a blood tonic, reduce fatigue, protect the brain, and offer healing and rejuvenating powers for many body systems.
As a prime ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Paeonia health benefits are many, as we will explore below.
Scientific Research on Paeonia
Here’s what Frontiers in Pharmacology has to say about Paeonia health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects: “In China, Korea, and Japan, a decoction of the dried root without bark of Paeonia lactiflora Pall. has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1,200 years.
“[These] data indicate that TGP [a water/ethanol extract of the root known as total glucosides of peony (TGP)] exerts anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting the production of inflammatory mediators. … TGP was also reported to have protective effects of cells against oxidative stress. … The anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of TGP provide the therapeutic basis in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.”
(You can read more from the journal article here.)
In sum, Paeonia lactiflora is regularly used in traditional medical systems to treat a variety of chronic illnesses and everyday ailments. However, it’s not recognized as a drug nor a medical treatment by the FDA in the United States.
To be clear, we’re not suggesting that Paeonia can be used as a treatment for a specific disease. Instead, we will discuss the Paeonia health benefits recognized in China, Korea, Japan, and throughout Asia. Paeonia offers a broad spectrum of support, which is why we believe it’s a valuable health supplement. The goal is to provide some understanding of the multiple body systems with which Paeonia interacts.
Paeonia lactiflora: Beautiful Healer
Below, we’ll review Paeonia health benefits and some of Paeonia’s more common therapeutic uses.
Blood Tonic: A blood tonic is a traditional term for a concoction used for rheumatism, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, fatigue, gout, inflammation, allergic reactions, chronic fever, and unspecific nerve pain. Paeonia is a traditional blood tonic. It helps decrease inflammation and shows antispasmodic properties and has shown to be soothing nerve pain. It is also used as a topical treatment for hemorrhoids.
Digestive and Intestinal Issues: Paeonia is traditionally used to support healthy digestion and address digestive disorders. It is regarded in traditional systems as being useful for constipation and irritable bowel caused by inflammation.
Heart Health: Paeonia is used to support heart health generally. It protects against oxidative stress and can reduce stress-related tension. It may also reduce platelet aggregation and relax blood vessels, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.
Healthy Brain Function: Paeonia is commonly used as a rejuvenator of the mind and a meditation support to increase clarity of thought. It’s also frequently used to support the treatment of cognitive deficits and to improve learning and memory. Modern research exploring this traditional use has been exciting. Studies have looked at unique neuro-protective qualities and cognitive-enhancing properties.
Healing Powers: Paeonia is valued for its healing and rejuvenating powers. Therapeutic uses include supporting the proper function of the colon, lungs, liver, and spleen. Benefits can include healthy circulation, healthy liver, healthy kidneys, healthy spleen, and a healthy nervous system.
Nerve Pain and Headaches: Paeonia is thought to help nerve pain and migraine headaches.
Energy and Awareness: Paeonia is believed to increase energy, intelligence, and awareness.
Stress: Paeonia is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens help the body combat the effects of stress and enable the body to function normally during traumatic periods. Paeonia helps maintain the balance of the nerves when you’re under stress.
Immune System: Paeonia has a long tradition as a support to the immune system. This traditional use has been the subject of recent scientific research concerning its ability to promote a healthy immune response and modulate the immune system.
Eye Health: Paeonia supports healthy vision by reducing the incidence of dry eye.
Healthy Reproductive System: Paeonia supports a healthy reproductive system.
Paeonia Health Benefits
This long list of Paeonia health benefits indicates that Paeonia lactiflora interacts with the immune, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and renal body systems. Today, it’s generally recognized that Paeonia supports a whole healthy lifestyle approach related to issues with cardiovascular disease, immunity, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, psychological stress, and neurocognition.
There is good reason to believe that a lifestyle-related approach to optimal health will benefit from support with Paeonia lactiflora as a health supplement.
We sell Paeonia in sizes ranging from 200g to 1,000g. We also sell Paeonia in small, 100g sizes (50 servings) as YOWZA Anti-Inflammation Support. A good place to start is our Paeonia FAQ.