TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "chai hu" which in english is "thorowax root, bupleurum", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, liver, pericardium and triple heater channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cool taste/temperature properties.
Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Chai Hu has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding chai hu:
A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Chai Hu, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence liver qi stagnation.
Chai Hu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: depression, fever, indigestion, irritability, nausea, vertigo and/or vomiting
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, chai hu is generally included in the following 24 formulas:
As noted above, chai hu is within the herbs that release the exterior wind heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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