Research has shown that peony may help:
- Increase white blood cells — A 2016 study found that the active compounds of peony may help increase the number of white blood cells, as well as reverse the atrophy of the thymus.
- Relieve pain — Research published in Frontiers in Pharmacology notes that the compounds of peony have analgesic effects.
- Manage inflammation — Peony may help relieve inflammation-related conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It has been found to help minimize factors such as joint swelling, cartilage degradation, synovial hypertrophy and pain.
- Produce antibodies — In vitro studies show that peony may boost the production of immunoglobulin-M at low concentrations. Conversely, the production of the antibody is inhibited at higher doses.
- Reduce oxidative stress — Peony has been found to have antioxidant properties.