Mu Dan Pi


Mu Dan Pi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Mu Dan Pi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: moutan bark, tree peony bark
Pharmacuetical Name: Cortex Moutan
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: HT, KD, LV

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, clears deficent heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Cools blood, Clears Heat (From Ying and Xue level) (heat entering Ying or blood level in warm-febrile diseases: epistaxis, hematemesis, hemoptysis; subcutaneous bleeding; also for frequent profuse menstrual bleeding from blood heat, especially with clots)
  • Clears deficient heat (yin deficienct heat after warm-febrile disease, steaming bone disorders: most suitable in absence of sweating)
  • Invigorates the blood, dispels stasis (abdominal masses, lumps, blood stasis with amenorrhea; traumatic injury; carbuncles; intestinal abccesses)
  • Clears LV fire (irritability; headache; eye pain; moderns use for hypertension)

    Special Notes:
  • Hypertension: According to one study 30-45g of Mu Dan Pi decoction was given in three equally divided doses for 5 days. The results were markedly effective to lower blood pressure in 31 patients.

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: cold disorders or excessive menses not caused by heat)