Peonies are beautiful flowers, but did you know that peonies can also be used for medicinal purposes? Learn more about some of the peony benefits for your health.
Peony: Good For Your Health?
If you investigate peony health benefits you will find mentions of red and white peonies. The color isn’t referencing the bloom, but rather the root which the extract comes from. There are studies being conducting on the health benefits. Recent scientific studies led to positive if still inconclusive findings.
Promotes Blood Circulation
A study published in the August 2010 edition of “Die Pharmazie” found peony contains several active ingredients that interfere with blood coagulation and platelet buildup. Constituents such as paeoniflorin, catechin, galloylpaeoniflorin and paeonol promote healthy circulation of blood. These active constituents also prevent certain cardiovascular diseases.
A Healthier Liver
In a June 2010 edition of “Archives of Pharmacal Research” researchers released their study on the antioxidant effect of paeoniflorin, a previously mentioned constituent of peony, to explore whether there were any effects on the liver. The study found that peony extract defends the liver against inflammation. One day, The University of Michigan Health System, noted that peony may also be used to treat cirrhosis and even hepatitis.
gout, osteoarthritis, fever, respiratory tract illnesses, and cough. Women use peony for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and for starting menstruation or causing an abortion. It is also used for viral hepatitis, livercirrhosis, upset stomach, muscle cramps, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and to cause vomiting. Peony is also used for spasms, whooping cough (pertussis), epilepsy, nerve pain (neuralgia), migraineheadache, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). – WebMD