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