Bitter, pungent and slightly cold
Pericardium, liver, gall bladder and triple jiao
1. To release the exterior and clear heat; 2. To pacify the liver so as to relieve stagnation; 3. To elevate yang-qi
1. Fever due to invasion by exogenous pathogenic factors. Bupleurum root (Chai Hu) is used with Licorice root (Gan Cao).2. Alternating chills and fever in lesser yang-syndrome. Bupleurum root (Chaihu) is used with Scutellaria root (Huang Qin).3. Qi stagnation in the liver manifested as distension and pain in the chest and costal regions and irregular menstruation. Bupleurum root (Chaihu) is used with Chinese angelica root (Dang Gui) and White peony root (Bai Shao) in the formula Xiaoyao San.4. Sinking of qi in the spleen and stomach manifested as chronic Diarrhea, prolapse of rectum, gastroptosis and uterine prolapse. Bupleurum root (Chaihu) is used with Ginseng (Ren Shen), Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and White atractylodes (Bai Zhu) in the formula Buzhong Yiqi Tang.
This herb is contraindicated during syndromes due to hyperactivity of liver yang or deficiency of yin.