Paeonia lactiflora – 10% Total Glucosides of Peony (TPG)
It is said that the ancient Greek healer Paeon used the roots of the white flowering Ranunculaceae plant to heal the gods injured during the Trojan wars. From thereafter it was known as Paeonia. The root of Paeonia lactiflora has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine as well.
Paeonia lactiflora is commonly known as white peony, garden peony, and Chinese peony. In China, Korea, and Japan, a decoction of the dried root without bark of Paeonia lactiflora has been used to support treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping and spasms, and fever for more than 1,200 years.
The water/ethanol extract of the root contains more than 15 components and is now known as total glucosides of peony (TGP). TPG has exhibited analgesic, ant-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and antioxidant effects in in-vitro and in vivo studies. Further studies will be needed to explain the underlying mechanisms responsible for the unique effects of TPG.
Traditional Chinese medicine and other traditional medicine systems suggest Paeonia lactiflora may support:
Instructions: Add 1/4 teaspoon of Paeonia lactiflora concentrate to 8 ounces of water, a cup of juice, a cup of tea, or your favorite anti-inflammation smoothie. Stir until dissolved. Drink 1-2 glasses a day. Alternative: 1/4 teaspoon before breakfast, and 1/4 teaspoon after dinner before bed.
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Paeonia lactiflora is considered a blood tonic. It is often sought after as a reducer of skeletal muscle spasms, a soother of the liver, and a moderator of acute reactions. It is thought to help nerve pain, migraine headaches, and stomach cramps. It is also used as a topical treatment for hemorrhoids.
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Tannins: 1,2,3,6-tetra-O-galloyl-β-D-glucose, (+)-catechin and 1,2,3,4,6-penta-O-galloyl-β-D-glucose
Glucosides: paeoniflorin, oxy-paeoniflorin, benzoylpaooniflorin, albiflorin R1, paeoniflorigenone, galloylpaeoniflorin, (Z)-(1S,5R)-β-pinen-10-yl-β-vicianoside,lacioflorin, paeonilactones (A-C), & daucos-terol, galloylpaeoniflorin, paeonin,paeonolide, and paeonol
Sterols: campesterol , 4-hydroxyacetopenone, kaempferol, 3-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzoic acid, hederagenin
Clinical demonstrations show no adverse reactions at doses as high as 30 grams of decoction, even when taken for extended periods of time.