Bupleurum health benefits include harmonizing the stomach, liver, and spleen and clearing many of the conditions controlled by these three organs.Many of the herbal formulas used here at Natchez Trace Veterinary Services contain Buplerum as one of the main ingredients, so we thought you may be interested in the history, use, and effects of this amazing herb. One of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Bupleurum blends used in our clinic is Bupleurum Harmonize Stomach. Bupleurum (Chai Hu) is the main ingredient in this formula, along with Angelica Tang Kuei (dang gui), Peony Root (bai shao), Atractylodes (bai zhu), Mentha (bo he), Ginger Rhizome (gan jiang), Licorice Root (gan cao), Poria (fu ling). Bupleurum Harmonize Stomach is an ancient herbal blend that is used to address the root cause of a finicky stomach by soothing the liver and helping stomach function improve. In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, gurgling noises from the abdomen, picky appetite, and sporadic or continuous vomiting are signs of disharmony in the liver. This is called Liver Overacting on Spleen/Stomach. It is commonly seen in dogs. This disharmony could be caused by several factors. Some dogs have a genetic propensity to develop liver disharmony. These types of dogs are high energy, occasionally anxious, easily aroused, athletic, and love to run. Dogs that were previously balanced may develop disharmony from exposure to toxins, anesthesia, high stress, frustrating situations, and some commonly used pharmaceuticals. If a liver disharmony develops, it will soon begin to affect the function of the stomach causing the symptoms described above. Bupleurum (Bupleurum Chinese) is a perennial herb native to East Asia. It can grow in all types of soil as long as there are good drainage and full sun. It grows to approximately one meter in height and characterized by a single stem with alternating broad, lance-shaped leaves. This herb bears small yellow to green flowers which develop into an oblong fruit.
Bupleurum Health Benefits in Traditional Chinese MedicineTraditional Chinese Medicine considers Bupleurum to be a “harmony herb”. Harmony herbs are certain plants which are used to maintain internal energy (Chi) and maintain a balance of all internal organs. The part of the plant used in TCM herbal medicine is the root. This herb is most commonly used in formulas in combination with many other herbs. The properties of Bupleurum are bitter, pungent and cool. The meridians affected are gallbladder, liver, and pericardium, and triple heater. It is most commonly used for:
- Clearing Shao Yang disorders: alternating chills and fever, irritability, pain, bitter taste in the mouth, vomiting, pressure sensation in the chest, and bloating
- Liver Qi stagnation: menstrual disorders, chest pain, flank pain, bloating, vertigo, stress, irritability, depression
- Spleen and stomach deficiency: hemorrhoids, prolapsed organ, diarrhea