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Nature's Temple / Paeonia


(Paeonia lactiflora)

Parts Used:  Root

Active Constituents:

Proanthocyanidins, flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids, triterpenoids, and complex polysaccharides. Containing gallotannin and glycosides of paeoniflorin, benzoylpaeoniflorin, albiflorin and oxypaeoniflorin as well as paeonol, pentagalloylglucose, hexagalloylglucose, heptagalloylglucose, octagalloylglucose and a range of paeonilactones.

Main Actions:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Analgesic
  • Antithrombotic
  • Steroid hormone modulator
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver protective)
  • Immunomodulator
  • Neuro-protective

Major Safety Issues:

  • None reported.
  • Antibiotics and laxatives appear to decrease the bioavailability of Paeoniflorin (due to it being dependent on the gastrointestinal flora converting it into an active form in the gut).