Ingredient Name: White peony root, Chinese peony, Bai shao yao, Paeonia lactiflora

Chinese Name: 白芍 (Bái sháo)

What is this?
  • A commonly known traditional Chinese medicinal ingredient
  • The roots of the white peony flower are collected when matured to about 3-4 years
  • The white peony roots are collected, cut, boiled and dried and cut to various lengths (2-4 inches in length) before usage or distribution
  • It is white/beige in color with a consistent color throughout
  • It is known to address “liver” diseases and conditions
  • The white peony flower is mainly grown in China
  • This ingredient is considered slightly cold with properties such as bitter and sour

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse in warm water prior to use
  • Add directly to soups or drinks when water boils

Where can I buy this?

  • In most wet marts in Hong Kong
  • Available in your Chinese herbalist or Chinese medicine store

What is the cost?

  • Relatively affordable and common Chinese medicinal ingredient
  • As pictured above, 5-6 sticks cost around $5-8 HKD

Any benefits?

  • Ideal in treating pain associated with menstruation and cramps
  • Often treated with hot flashes when mixed with calcium (so ideal for menopause)
  • Nourishes the “yin” of the body

Any precautions?

  • A cooling ingredient may contradict those with a cooler body, so take caution
  • As it is a cooling ingredient, women who are pregnant in their first trimester should avoid or minimize consumption