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Chinese Thorowax Root

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Chinese Name Chaihu
Latin Radix Bupleuri
English Name Chinese Thorowax Root
Key Characteristics Acrid-warm herb that releases the exterior
Source

Dried root of Bupleurum chinensie DC. Or Bupleurum scorzonerifolium Willd.(Fam. Umbelliferae)

Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Bitter, slightly cold; Liver, Gallbladder

Actions

To release both the exterior and interior, soothe the liver, and raise yang

Indications

Common cold with fever, alternate chills and fever, distending pain in the chest and hypochondriac regions, menstrual disorders, prolapse of the uterus, prolapse of the rectum, in addition, used for peptic ulcer, viral hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, acute and chronic cholecystitis and pancreatitis

Special Usage

Unprepared Bupleuri is used to relieve the exterior and fever with large dosage. Processed with vinegar, it is used to soothe the liver and relieve stagonation of liver qi with small dosage, processed with white spirit or unprocessed ones are used with small dosage to raise yang.

Precaution

Use with caution or it is forbidden to give to patinents with hyperactivity of yang due to yin deficiency, liver wind of flaring of fire due to yin deficiency and reversed flow of qi.

Chemical Composition

It contains α-chondrillasterol, saikoside and volatile oil.

   



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