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.
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.
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