Chi Shao – Red Peony Root – Radix Paeoniae Rubrae

Chi Shao

English Name: red peony root

Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Paeoniae Rubrae

Medica Category: Heat-Clearing and Blood-Cooling Herbs

Properties: Chi Shao enters the Liver channel; it is bitter in nature and cool in temperature.

What is Chi Shao?:

The Chinese Herb Chi Shao is the unpeeled, dried root of the peony plant (Paeonia lactiflora; P. veitchii).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Chi Shao:

Chi Shao invigorates blood and relieves stagnation to address various clinical presentation of amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea with blood clots and pain (when pressure is applied in palpation).

Chi Shao cools the blood and stops bleeding; it enters the Liver channel to cool Liver blood and thus sedate Liver Fire rising into the head.