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CHAI HU, Bupleurum chinense
Parts used: Root
Constituents: Triterpenoid saponins (up to 2.8%) known as saikosaponins and polysaccharides (bupleurans)
Actions Indications
Anti-inflammatory Chronic inflammatory disorders, especially autoimmune diseases involving the liver or kidneys. Lupus. Acute infections, common cold with chills and fever, regulates gastrointestinal function
Antitussive Chronic cough
Hepatoprotective Acute and chronic liver diseases, chemical liver damage, poor liver function
Anti-tumour Cancer cells, HIV, increases macrophages in peritoneum
  Often combined with Astragalus for debility and prolapse of the uterus and rectum. Irregular menstruation. Laxative due to irritation of gut wall
Herbal extract, 25-60mL per week
Energetics: Bitter and cool
Caution: Bupleurum has a slight sedative effect in some patients and may also increase bowel movements and flatulence
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