Information on Bupleurum

Latin NameBupleurum chinense, B. spp.
Other NamesChai Hu
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsBulk herb.
CautionsNot recommended for adrenal weakness accompanied by cough.
Botanical InfoA small perennial plant of the parsley family with slender lance-shaped leaves and tiny green flowers in clusters. The plant is originally from China, and now cultivated in other parts of the world.
DescriptionBupleurum is one of the most widely used Chinese herbs, especially for women with symptoms of PMS and menstrual imbalances, such as irritability, excessive mood swings, and headaches. It restores normal liver function, especially in hepatitis patients, for which it is often prescribed either alone or in combination with other herbs. It is used in formulas to help relieve painful digestion and early cirrhosis and to remove heat from the liver.

Bupleurum (Chai hu) has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Capsules2 capsules 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Bupleurum

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
PMS [Premenstrual Syndrome]liver regulatortea
Hepatitis, with jaundiceliver coolanttea


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