White Peony Root
Peony (Paeonia officinalis) is indigenous to the mountains of southern Europe. The root is used for medicinal purposes. Other common names include European Peony, Coral Peony, Paeonia, Paeonia Radix, and Piney. Peony has demonstrate neuroprotective activity. Peony is prescribed as a remedy for hemorrhoids and rheumatism, but its effectiveness remains unproven. Other unverified uses include treatment of diseases of the skin and mucous membranes, gout, and respiratory ailments. Peony root has also been used, without substantiation, for chronic weakness and fatigue, nerve pain, migraine, allergies, excitability, epilepsy, and whooping cough; and the flower has been used to induce vomiting and abortion. In Asian medicine, Peony is considered a remedy for menstrual disorders, discolorations on the skin, bloody vomiting, and seizures. Homeopathic practitioners use it for ulcers and hemorrhoids.
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Cautions Orally, an overdose of Peony can cause gastroenteritis with vomiting, colic, and diarrhea.