The genus Paeonia does not just provide us with horticultural specimens of some merit but also products with health benefits. There are over 30 species found widely throughout the temperate region of the world. Many have been found in China and Japan where they are used to provide various health remedies.
There are eight woody species in the sub-section of the Paeonia genus called Moutan. These are found in various parts of China from Yunnan, Xizang (Tibet) to Anhui and Shanxi (Hong & Pan, 1999; He et al., 2010a).
Twenty monoterpene glycosides have been isolated from the oil in the peony seed cake. These are mainly pyrindylpaeoniflorin, albiflorin, oxyalbiflorin.
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