White Peony’s history of medicinal use in China dates back at least 1500 years. It is one of the key herbs used to make “four things soup”, a female tonic used to relieve cramping, pain, and dizziness. Traditionally it is said that women who regularly take the herb become “as radiant as the flower itself”.
Key actions and uses of White Peony:
White Peony is regarded primarily as a women’s herb. The root which contains important pain relieving properties is boiled and used medicinally as a tonic.
White Peony helps ease menstrual disorders, including heavy bleeding between periods, and is specifically used to treat pain and cramps. It will help “blood deficiency” states as well as hot flashes and night sweats resulting from a “Yin” deficiency.
In Chinese thought, everything in the universe is composed of Yin and Yang, words that were first used to denote the light and dark side of the valley.
Everything has aspects of Yin and Yang, or complementary opposites, such as day and night, up or down, dry or wet. Every Yin and Yang category can itself be subdivided so that while the front of the body is Yin, relative to the back, which is Yang, the abdomen is Yin relative to the chest, which is Yang.