Mountain Rose Herbs

White Peony Root

Also known as

Paeonia lactiflora, Bai Shao Yao, Peony root, and Chinese Peony.


Peony is named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods. In the middle ages it was used to protect against the evil eye, and American Hoodoo folk magic uses it as protection against misfortune and to break a jinx.


Paeoniflorin, paeonol, paeonin, albiflorin, triterpenoids, sitosterol.

Parts Used

Root, dried and chopped or powdered.

Typical Preparations

Teas, tinctures, encapsulations, almost always used with other herbs.


White peony is one of the oldest plants cultivated for its flowers alone, a practice going back to 2000 B.C.E. in China. It was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks from China, where it is still considered today to be a symbol of prosperity.


Should be avoided by persons who have diarrhea due to AIDS or cancer.

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