Pinyin: bai shao
English Name: White peony root
Latin Name: Paeoniae Radix Alba
Properties: bitter, sour, coo1
Channels Entered: Liver, Spleen
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Nourishes Blood and Preserves Yin
2. Nourishes the Liver to Calm Liver Yang and Liver Wind
3. Softens the Liver and Relieves Pain
5 to 10 grams in decoction.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
Bai Shao is incompatible with Li Lu (Radix et Rhizoma Vera.tri).
Bai Shao is contraindicated in cases of middle jiao yang deficiency with cold.
Because of its astringent nature, Bai Shao is contraindicated in patients with eczema or rashes from exterior wind attack with incomplete expression.
Use of Bai Shao is contraindicated in postpartum patients with blood stagnation, or for tho:se who are still bleeding.
Use of Bai Shao may be associated with drowsiness and sedation. Therefore, individuals who take this herb should exercise 'caution if driving o r operating heavy machinery.