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Shen Nong betw. 220-265AD Herbal Classic

early Eastern Han


The earliest philological record about peonies was found in 1972 at a tomb of the early Eastern Han Dynasty in an archaeological excavation at Cypress County, Wuwei, Gansu Province. The medical book, carved on bamboo pieces, prescribed peony as a remedy for blood stasis.

Three Kingdoms


Another medical book 'Shen Nong's Herbal Classic' in the Three Kingdoms (220-265AD) is a compilation of medical experience since the two Han Dynasties. These data show that peonies had come to play a part in human life approximately 2 000 years ago through medicine.

from the book :

Wang Lianying 1998, Chinese Tree Peony - The Peony Association Of China - 213 pages · 400 color photos · english edition of Pictorial Record of Chinese Tree Peony Varieties