aka: Bai Shao
Properties and Uses:Antispasmodic diuretic, sedative. In Europe, peony root is an old remedy for jaundice and for kidney and bladder problems. An extract made by steeping the root in wine was generally used. A decoction of the root has also been used for gout, asthma with cramps, and (in very small doses) eclampsia.
CAUTION: The entire aerial plant is poisonous, the flowers especially. A tea made from flowers can be fatal.