Chi Shao


Chi Shao in TCM:

Explore the properties of Chi Shao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: red peony, red peony root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Paeoniae Rubrae
Properties: bitter, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LV

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • ju hong (Expocarpium Citrus reticlata Rubrum) tangerine zest - acrid, bitter, warm; LU, ST; regulates qi of middle jiao and dries damp (3-9g)
  • ju he (Semen Citrus reticulata) - bitter, neutral; LV, KD; promotes movement of LV qi flow; alleviates pain and swelling (3-9g)
  • ju ye (Folium Citrus reticulata) - acrid, bitter, neutral; LV; regulates LV qi, reduces swelling, disperses stagnation (6-10g)

Actions / Indications:
  • Cools blood, Clears Heat (heat in ying or blood level, fever; purple tongue; skin blotches; reckless bleeding and gynecological bleeding due to heat)
  • invigorates the blood and resolves blood stasis (dysmenorrhea; amenorrhea; abdominal pain and immobile abdominal masses; pain and swelling with traumatic injuries; early stage of abcess, boils)
  • Clears LV Fire; Benefits eyes (red, swollen, painful eyes)

    Special Notes:
  • Some studies have shown benefits for CAD, Cerebral thrombosis, and Cor Pulmonae
  • Compare to Bai Shao

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: caution with blood deficiency)
  • (note: incompatible with li lu)