Mu Dan Pi - Tree Peony Root Cortex

TCM Materia Medica

Mu Dan Pi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "mu dan pi" which in english is Mu Dan Pi herb"tree peony root cortex", is categorized within the "herbs that cool the blood" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and liver channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cool taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-12g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Clears Heat (excess and deficient), Cools Blood. Nose bleed, bloody sputum or vomit, subcutaneous bleeding, frequent and profuse menses due to heat in the Blood.
  • Clear Deficient Fire. Yin deficiency patterns such as steaming bone disorder after a warm-febrile disease particularly those without sweating.
  • Clears Liver Blood Stasis. Amenorrhea, abdominal masses, bruises.
  • Clears Rising Liver Fire. Headache, eye pain, flank pain, flushing, dysmenorrhea.
  • Drains Pus, Reduces Swelling. Used topically for non-draining sores. Used internally for intestinal abscess.

Mu Dan Pi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

Avoid in Pregnancy, Excess Menses due to Blood moving action.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding mu dan pi:

Compare with Chi Shao Yao.

Mu Dan Pi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain - cramps), headache and/or women's health

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, mu dan pi is generally included in the following 17 formulas:

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  • Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Wan (Rhubarb and Moutan Combination) - Breaks up heat, moves blood stagnation and reduces swelling…
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  • Er Long Zuo Ci Wan (Deafness Left Supporting Pills) - Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful f…
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  • Geng Nian An Wan (Peaceful Menopause) - Menopause symtpoms including hot flashes, night sweats, moo…
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  • Ge Xia Zhu Yu Wan (Drive Out Blood Stasis Below The Diaphragm Decoction) - For blood stasis below the diaphgram - abdominal masses, li…
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  • Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (Cinnamon and Poria Teapills) - For abdominal masses such as uterine cysts, ovarian cysts, …
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  • Jiang Ya Wan (Repress The Blood Pressure Pills) - Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat sign…
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  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer Pills) - Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important f…
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  • Jin Gu Die Da Wan (Tendon and Bone Injury Healing) - Bruising, sprains, swelling from soft tissue injuries. Bro…
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  • Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan (Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet) - Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible inco…
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  • Liu Wei Di Huang Wan (Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia) - Dizziness, tinnitus, possibly vertigo as a result of kidn…
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  • Ming Mu Di Huang Wan (Rehmannia Pills to Brighten the Eyes) - Blurry vision, floaters, possibly with dryness of the eyes …
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  • Qian Lie Shu Wan (Prostate Comfort Pills) - Frequent and/or urgent urination, dribbling, incontinence. …
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  • Qi Ju Di Huang Wan (Lycii Chrysanthemum Teapills) - Yin deficiency symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, night s…
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  • Qing Hao Bie Jia Wan (Artemisia Annua and Soft-Shelled Turtle Formula) - Heat at night (nightsweats, sensation of heat) with a sen…
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  • Wen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula) - Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleed…
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  • Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan (Eight Flavor Rehmannia Teapills) - Steaming bone syndrome - dry and intensive persuasive sensa…
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    As noted above, mu dan pi is within the herbs that cool the blood functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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