Paeonia lactiflora health benefits include substantial inflammation support. Read more and get our free Reducing Inflammation e-book.
Paeonia lactiflora extract, also called White Peony Root and Bai Shao Yao, is a nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant. It’s said that the ancient Greek healer Paeos used the roots of the white flowering Ranunculaceae plant to heal injured gods during the Trojan War. From thereafter it was known as Paeonia. The root of Paeonia lactiflora has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine as well.
An old Chinese proverb says that a woman who consumes the root of the peony every day becomes as beautiful as the Peony flower itself.
We love the history and folklore behind Paeonia. We love its science-based health benefits even more.
Paeonia lactiflora Health Benefits
Here are key Paeonia health benefits and some of Paeonia’s more common therapeutic uses.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects: A study published in Frontiers in Pharmacology notes the following about the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects of Paeonia: “TGP [a water/ethanol extract of white peony root known as total glucosides of peony] 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.”
Paeonia has great potential for inflammation support, which is why it’s one of the extracts discussed in our free anti-inflammation e-book.
Blood Tonic: A blood tonic is a traditional term for a concoction used for rheumatism, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, fatigue, gout, 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.
Immune System Health: 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.
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.
Eye Health: Paeonia supports healthy vision by reducing the incidence of dry eye.
Paeonia lactiflora: The Beautiful Healer
Painful, chronic diseases are on the rise, and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus pose challenges to people who would otherwise lead healthy lives. Chronic reproductive problems such as endometriosis are commonly treated with toxic drugs that attempt to cover up the symptoms but don’t address the root of the issue. White Peony therapeutic uses include the treatment of many health issues in a healthy, non-toxic way.
Are you ready to try the beautiful healer? We hope so. But to be clear, we sell White Peony tea, not because it may relieve any specific condition, but because we like that it supports the function of various body systems. In particular, its immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties can help you optimize your health.
We sell Paeonia in small, 100g sizes (50 servings) as YOWZA! Anti-Inflammation Support. We also sell it in larger 200g to 1,000g sizes. If you’re looking for more information, a good place to start is the Paeonia FAQ.