It’s amazing to find that most plants that grow in nature have therapeutic properties, including flowers that can serve as cures for various diseases. Peony is among the most popular garden plants in Europe, Asia, and Western North America, adding not only romance and color to gardens but also spreading an amazing perfume.
Peony is one of the wonders left by God on earth. This ancient fragrant flower is used as a remedy for cough, fever, respiratory system affections, gout, and osteoarthritis. Women also used peonies to reduce menstrual cramps or treat premenstrual syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome.
Peony can be used to treat or alleviate:
- Liver cirrhosis
- Upset stomach
- Muscular cramps
- Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Nerve pain (Neuralgia)
- Chronic fatigue
- Cracked skin, fissures
According to a study published in the Die Pharmazie, peonies contain 18 compounds that thin the blood and prevent the formation of blood clots. The anticoagulant effects of peony maintain good blood circulation, preventing cardiovascular diseases. A study in rats has shown that one of these compounds in the peony root bark, called paeonol, helps to dilate blood vessels. It produced a relaxation of the aorta at a rate of 95.6% and helped to raise the level of nitric acid to regulate the flow of calcium. Nitric acid is a compound that produces a relaxation of the blood vessels, causing a reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol.
Another study showed that the extract of peony root has potent antioxidant properties, which are crucial for the health of kidneys. The rats with poor kidney health who received 100-200 mg of peony root extract showed an improvement in symptoms and kidney damage.
The Paeoniflorin compound has antioxidant effects that can help the liver too. A study published in the Archives of Pharmacal Research has shown that peony extract protects the liver from inflammation and oxidative stress. According to the University of Michigan, white peony can be used to treat liver diseases such as hepatitis or cirrhosis.
Peony has powerful anti-spasmodic properties that can reduce muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, abdominal cramps and osteoarthritis.
Recent research revealed another miraculous effect of peony. It can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, such as abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and diarrhea.
If you want to benefit from the properties of peony, you can prepare a white herbal tea from the plant’s buds. Dry the buds, grind them, then infuse one teaspoon of the herb in a cup of hot water. You will get a delicious white tea with amazing health benefits for your liver, kidneys and blood vessels.
Remedies made from peony petals and root are not safe for small children, pregnant women, for women who are breastfeeding or for patients who take anticoagulants or medication for hypertension.