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dan pi, 丹皮; mu dan pi﹐ 牡丹皮  

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by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

Pharmaceutical name:

Cortex Moutan Radicis

Biological name:

Paeonia suffruticosa Andr.

Pron. in Japanese:


Pron. in Korean:


Pron. in Cantonese:

maau5 daan1 pei4

Common Name:

peony root


throughout China, especially  in Anhui, Henan, Sichuan, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shandong, Gansu, Guizhou

Properties (characteristics)

acrid, bitter, mildly cool

Channels (meridians) entered:

heart, liver, kidney

Actions & Indications:

clears heat and cools the blood, clears fire of yin deficiency, clear blood stasis and rid of clots, drain pus and reduces swelling due to blood stasis.

Medical Function:
  1. effect on circulation

  2. anti micro organism

  3. anti inflammatory,  and effect on immune system

  4. effect on CNS

  5. effect on secretion of water and sodium when dosage is increased. Low dosage does not have effect on secretion of potassium. At highest dosage secretion of potassium is  decreased.

Chemical ingredients:

paeonol, paeonoside, paeonolide, apiopaeonoside, paeoniflorin, ozypaeoniflorin, benzoylpaeoniflorin, benzoyl-oxypaeoniflorin, gallic aid, 1,23,4,6-pentagalloylglucose


6 to 12 g

Samples of formulae:

to be loaded

Modern Application:

1. purpura due to low platelet count

2. infectious diarrhea

3. hypertension

4. allergenic rhinitis

5. cholinergic hives


not to use in cold disorder, pregnancy, excessive menstruation, bleeding, yinxu (yin deficient) with night sweat.

Not compatible with tu si zi , bei mu, da huang, and da suan


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