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Introduction To Bupleurum Root (chai hu)









Bupleurum Root (chai hu)

Radix Bupleuri

Properties: It is pungent and bitter in flavour, slightly cold in nature and acts on the liver and gallbladder channels. Pungent for dispersion, bitter for purgation and aromatic for lifting and dispersing, the herb is good at relieving half-exterior and half-interior pathogens to clear heat, and soothing the liver and regulating the circulation of Qi to alleviate mental depression. It is an important herb to treat syndromes caused by alternate attack of pathogenic cold and heat on the Shaoyang channel and stagnation of the liver-qi. With its relatively strong power of elevating Yang, the herb is often used to treat Qi sinking in the middle Jiao.

Effects: Dispelling exopathogens to clear heat, soothing the liver to alleviate mental depression and elevating Yang and Qi.


1. It can be used in combination with scutellaria root, such as Xiao Chaihu Decoction for soothing the Shaoyang channel to clear heat, to treat fever affected by exopathogens, alternate attacks of pathogenic cold and heat, belonging to syndrome of the Shaoyang channel affected by pathogens; and with other herbs, for dispelling exopathogens and clearing heat, to treat fever affected by exopathogens.

2. To treat stagnation of the liver-qi, distending pain in the hypochondria, vexation and irritation, or women¡¯s irregular menstruation. mammary distending pain and lumps, etc., the herb is used in combination with Chinese angelica root, white peony root and other herbs such as Xiaoyao Powder for soothing the liver to alleviate mental depression, and promoting the circulation of blood to regulate menstruation.

3.  To treat lingering diarrhea, loose stool, proctoptosis, hysteroptosis, etc. caused by deficiency of the spleen and stomach and Qi sinking in the middle Jiao, the herb is used in combination with astragalus root and cimicifuga rhizome, such as Buzhong Yiqi Decoction for invigorating Qi and elevation Yang.

Dosage and Administration: 3-10g.

Precaution: Patients with Yin deficiency, excessive and hyperactivity of the liver- Yang should be careful in using the herb.






For the convenience of customers, we offer the Bupleurum Root (chai hu) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 6 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Bupleurum Root (chai hu) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.


If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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