Peony Root has been used for centuries as an antispasmodic that relaxes smooth muscle and is said to be effective in helping cramps and muscle spasms of all kinds, including leg cramps, spasms of calf muscles, cramps of the limbs, abdominal cramps after diarrhea, asthma with cramps, epilepsy, convulsions and menstrual cramps, among others.
As a diuretic, Peony Root has been thought to remove obstructions and help many kidney and bladder problems. This quality is believed to be useful in relieving gout by removing uric acid through increased urine flow.
Peony Root is said to be a fine herbal sedative and tranquilizer with effects that are helpful in calming the nerves, and treating irritability and other nervous conditions. It is also thought to relieve nightmares and was used at one time to treat dementia. Traditional Chinese herbalists used Peony Root with other herbs as an "immunomodulator" or means to restore balance to the immune system, rather than to stimulate it; thus, it was thought to be useful in cases of systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease, as a cooling tonic against inflammation. Moderating immune function may be useful in all cases of autoimmune ailments.
As an analgesic and herbal pain reliever, Peony Root is believed to alleviate abdominal pain, headache and muscle pain. The herb is thought to be very helpful to women, because it treats menstrual disorders and is said to relieve dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and treat amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation). It was once used to relieve the pains of labor by relaxing muscle tension while stimulating the uterus.
Peony has been used as a blood purifier and cooler since ancient times. It is thought to nourish the blood, and as an anticoagulant, remove congealed blood and the pain of blood stagnation.
Some research claims that Peony Root may help reduce blood pressure by thinning blood and perhaps preventing calcium from entering cells of the heart and blood vessel walls. This may be helpful in cases of eclampsia, a severe form of pregnancy-induced hypertension, resulting in seizures, but a physician should always be consulted before this application is considered.
Peony Root is said to cool and remove obstructions from the liver. Peony helps to cleanse the liver and is an old remedy for jaundice and said to be helpful in some cases of liver disease.
Peony Root is believed to possess antibacterial, antifungal and antiallergenic properties and has been useful for treating gastrointestinal infections; and when used topically, it is useful for boils and other skin problems. Many people use Peony Root to achieve healthier and younger looking skin.