The bupleurum is a perennial herb, which tends to grow in wild profuse patches along the sunny sides of sedge thickets in many areas of East Asia. The herb is characterized by the presence of many broad linear to lanceolate shaped leaves arranged in an alternative array along the stem.
Some people use bupleurum for digestion problems including indigestion, diarrhoea, and constipation.
Bupleurum can be combined with mint for treatment of some types of emotional depression and irregular menstruation. Use approximately 6 grams of each herb.
Place bupleurum in 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add mint leaves and boil for another 5 minutes. Let cool and drink as a tea.
Liver conditions and diseases are easily dealt with due to the strong anti-inflammatory action possessed by the herb; this property of the bupleurum is believed to be a major contributory factor in its ability to heal liver disorders. This herbal tea can also be found in the form of tea bags.
It is a primary component in a Chinese patent medicine called “Xia Yao San” or “Xia Yao Wan” (“san” means powder and “wan” means pill).The Chinese herb bupleurum has a unique reputation for deeply cleansing this overburdened organ.
Women who drink bupleurum tea will enjoy how it relieves painful PMS symptoms as it relaxes the muscles and thus reduces uterine contractions. It aids perspiration and helps in alleviating gynaecological problems.
It also helps in boosting the immune system and offers a good treatment for cold, flu, cuts inflammation, and helps in treating some types of cancers as well.
If you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications, consult your doctor before use. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
There are certain combinations with Bupleurum which may cause undesirable side effects such as nausea, pneumonitis, and reflux in some sensitive patients.