Bupleurum Root (Chai Hu)
What is Bupleurum Root?
Derived from an herb, bupleurum root has been used for centuries, particularly in Chinese and Japanese Traditional Medicines, where it’s prized for its ability to deep-clean the liver. In fact, it may be the most important herb in TCM to balance the Liver energy.*
What are the Benefits of Bupleurum Root?
The roots of this buttery yellow herb have been shown to have many beneficial effects. Research indicates it may boost mood and even assist in autophagy, which is the body’s natural process of clearing out old cells.*
Bupleurum Root Benefits:
- Supports mood
- Aids digestion affected by excessive eating and drinking
- Mitigates feelings of stress and irritation
- Helps detoxify the liver
Bupleurum Root in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is thought to spread Liver Qi, or energy, supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. In generally healthy people, it is used to break up Liver Qi stagnation which can cause emotional instability, irritation, menstrual problems, dizziness, vertigo, chest and flank pain. These symptoms are often caused by significant external stress or an excessive lifestyle (think: too much food and alcohol). The latter also typically leads to a disharmony between the Liver and Spleen (digestive issues) with epigastric and flank pain, a stifling sensation in the chest, abdominal bloating, nausea and indigestion—which bupleurum root is used to treat.
Bupleurum root also can be used to treat “external” conditions, like getting sick and not treating it correctly. It harmonizes something called the Shao yang, which is the center point between the “interior” and “exterior” of the body. It’s a very harmonizing herb. It is not used to strengthen Qi, but to smooth and balance its flow through the body.
How to Take Bupleurum Root
Bupleurum root can be found in powders, dried forms, and liquid tinctures. Bupleurum root is used in many herbal supplements, including our Come Clean supplement, to promote a better mood.
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