Chai Hu (Thorowax Root, Bupleurum) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • English Name:  Thorowax Root, Bupleurum
  • Pinyin Name:  Chai Hu

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  • Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, vomiting, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Relieves liver qi stagnation (often used with Bai Shao) - vertigo, menstrual disorders, chest and flank pain, the most common herb to treat stress, irritability, depression, etc.; also for liver and spleen disharmony - bloating, nausea, indigestion, flank pain.
  • Raises yang qi in spleen and stomach deficiency patterns (often used with Sheng Ma) - prolapsed organ, diarrhea, hemorrhoids.
Functional Grouping (See All)
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

  • Dosage and Preparation Notes
    • Dosage: 3-12g
    Channels/Meridians Influenced (See All)

     ◦ Gall Bladder ◦ Liver ◦ Pericardium ◦ Triple Heater

    Associated Temperature and Taste (See All)

     ◦ Bitter (Ku) ◦ Acrid ◦ Cool

    Contraindication Notes:
    • Due to its rising and dispersing nature avoid in yin deficiency or liver yang rising.
    • May cause nausea or vomiting - use a smaller dose if necessary.
    Staff Notes:
    • Compare with Ge Gen and Sheng Ma.
    • Research indicates antibiotic, antiviral, and tranquilizing effects.

    Herbal Formulas Which Include Chai Hu

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas which contain Chai Hu (in alphabetical order). You May click on the name of the formula for more details or click on any of the products from our store to read usage information or to purchase a particular formula.

    TCM FormulaClinical Functions
    Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

    For Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency - spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, desire for warm beverages, shortness of breath, intermittent fever, weak speech/low voice, weak limbs, loose/watery stools.

    The Pulse will be deficient and rootless in the spleen position or simply deficient overall and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

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    Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

    Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.

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    Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan

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    Er Long Zuo Ci Wan

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    Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

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    Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

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    Long Dan Xie Gan Wan

    Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes, diminished hearing and/or swollen sensation in ears/head.  May have urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia.  Women may have leukorrhea with a strong odor.

    The Pulse will be wiry, rapid and forceful and the Tongue will be red with a yellow tongue coating.

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    Ren Shen Bai Du Wan

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    Si Ni San Wan Frigid Extremities Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    Used for liver qi stagnation and counterflow qi to the limbs (i.e. cold limbs with hot/stagnant trunk).  Principle signs would be those of liver qi stagnation (depression, mood swings, PMS, grinding of the teeth), hypochondriac pain and/or abdominal pain.

    The tongue will generally be purple/red - darker and the pulse will be wiry or possibly mixed to indicate heat trapped within and stagnation to the extremities.  

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    Wu Ling San Wan

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    Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan

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    Xiao Yao Wan

    Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth.  In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.

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    • Xiao Yao Pian
    • Ease Tonic (concentrated capsules of xiao yao wan, easier to take over longer periods of time)
    • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Pian (modified version with the addition of heat clearing herbs, better for issues listed above along with skin issues such as eczema or dermatitis and/or stronger headaches, flushed face, etc.)
    Xue Fu Zhu Yu Wan

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    Related Conditions:

     ◦ Fever ◦ Irritability ◦ Vomiting ◦ Vertigo ◦ Depression ◦ Nausea ◦ Indigestion

    Related TCM Patterns:

     ◦ Liver Qi Stagnation

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