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Chai Hu

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Name: Bupleurum Root (柴胡)

Pinyin: Chai Hu

Pharm. Name: Radix Bupleuri





Acrid, Bitter, Astringent

Release exterior and cure fever, soothe liver and release liver depression, ascend yang qi.

Gallbladder, Liver, Pericardium San Jiao



This herb has the actions of expelling the pathogens, especially being effective to curing high fever. No matter cold or heat type due to external pathogens attack, such as the modern single or compound injection made by Chai Hu that is use widely to treat fever due to external contraction. As an important herb for treating syndrome of liver depression with qi stagnation manifested by distending pain in the rib area or abdomen, depression, irregular menstruation, etc., it is frequently combined with qi-flow-promoting and liver-soothing herbs and blood-activating and pain-relieving herbs to strengthen its effect.


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