Bupleurum Root for Flu, Depression, and Fatigue

[Name]
Bupleurum Root, Radix Bupleuri

[Chinese Name]
Chai Hu

[Parts Used and Preparation]
Roots

[Flavors in Chinese Medicine]
Bitter, pungent; slightly cold

[Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels]
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pericardium

[Actions in Chinese Medicine]
The herb can expel exogenous pathogenic factors, relieve fever, soothe the Liver, and promote the Spleen Yang-Qi.

[Uses in Chinese Medicine]
• Flu or common cold, including the symptoms of fever, chills, chest discomfort, and blurred vision.
• Depression, headaches, chest discomfort, and hypochondriac pain caused by the stagnation of Liver-Qi.
• Fatigue, shortness of breath, prolapse of the rectum or the uterus.

[Recommended Dosages]
3–10 grams. Add water to make decoctions.

[Warnings, Interactions, Side Effects]
The herb should not be used by those with symptoms of tinnitus, deafness, dizziness.

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