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Chi Shao

Peony (Red) | 赤芍
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SKU P4120

Ingredient: Red peony root (chi shao).

FUNCTIONS: Cools blood, invigorates blood circulation, disperses stagnancy, cleanses liver heat.*

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Mandarin: 赤芍
Pin-Yin: Chi Shao
English: Red Peony
Korean: 적작
Romaji: Sekishaku
Kanji: 赤芍
Kampo: No



Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Paeoniae Radix rubra


  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky et al.)


  • Sour, bitter, slightly cold

Channels Entered:

  • Liver, spleen

Herb Actions:

  • Invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis
  • Clears heat and cools the blood



  • Use caution with those with cold from deficiency
  • Should not be consumed for any blood deficient disorder
  • Not recommended to be combined with Li Lu


Commonly Found In:

  • Cinnamon & Hoelen Formula; Persica & Achyranthes Combination; Persica, Carthamus & Tang-kuei

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