Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

PeonyThe active constituent in Peony seems to be paeoniflorin, a monoterpene glycoside. It is thought to act directly on the ovary to reduce the production of androgens in a dose-dependent manner. It increases the activity or aromatase, which promotes the synthesis of oestradiol from testosterone thus lowering serum testosterone levels. It also seems to regulate the LH to FSH ratio.

Formulas containing Peony may also improve progesterone levels by normalizing ovarian function when the activity of aromatase is inhibited. It has been used to treat hyperprolactinaemia, ovarian failure and androgen excess. The biofeedback in the pituitary and hypothalamus rely on aromatase to regulate prolactin and GnRH.

It is indicated in infertility, irregular cycles and ovulatory failure such as in PCOS, any hormonal irregularity including elevated androgens, low progesterone, high or low oestrogen and elevated prolactin.


About Naturopathy by Savvas Ioannides
Savvas Ioannides is a Naturopathic, Herbal and GAPS Diet practitioner who studied at Nature Care College in Sydney. Savvas uses holistic and natural therapies including Herbal remedies and Nutrition to boost your vitality and help you achieve optimum levels of health.

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