Bai Shao - Tonify Blood
LV, SP (6-15g)


Bai Shao (White Peony) - The White Pony

The white pony was born with a single horn and the people called her "unicorn". Legend tells that she could preserve the yin, and harmonize ying and wei qi with her magical abilities. When the tribes began going to war with each other her appearance alone was able to calm the LV of the angry warriors, and to alleviate their pain and stop their spasms. When the queen fell ill with uterine bleeding they called the white Unicorn to nourish her blood and regulate her menstruation.

The white unicorn hated the witch Li Lu (incompatible with Li Lu) because Li Lu wanted to banish the unicorn to the icy tundra which would cause (cc: deficient cold).

English Name: white peony root
Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Paeoniae Alba
Properties: bitter, sour, cool
preserve the yin, and harmonize ying and wei qi preserves yin; harmonizes ying and wei
calm the LV; alleviate their pain and stop their spasms calms LV; alleviates pain and spasms
nourish her blood and regulate her menstruation nourishes blood; regulates menses


      Bai Shao Actions and Indications
  • Nourishes blood; regulates menses (blood deficiency or yin deficiency with heat, gynecological disorders; menstrual dysfunction, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding)
  • Calms liver; alleviates pain and spasms (flank, chest, abdominal pain due to LV qi stagnation or LV and SP disharmony; painful spasms in abdominal smooth muscle, spasms and pain of hands and feet due to deficiency, pain with dysenteric disorders, headache and dizziness due to LYR)
  • Preserves Yin; harmonizes ying and wei (exterior W-C deficiency; spontaneous sweating, night sweats; in combination with gui zhi to harmonize ying qi and wei qi)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Chao Bai Shao (fried)- nourishes yin
    Other Notes:
  • Shao Yao was the name used for bai shao / chi shao before the end of the Tang dynasty, when the two were not distinguished from each other

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