Pinyin: chai hu (bei)
English Name: Bupleurum (root)
Latin Name: Bupleuri Radix
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool
Channels Entered: Liver, Gallbladder
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Harmonizes the Exterior and the Interior
2. 2. Spreads the Liver and Relieves Liver Qi Stagnation
3. Lifts Yang Qi
3 to 10 grams in decoction.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Chai Hu has ascending and dispersing functions, so pro- longed use or overdose may consume yin. Therefore, this herb should be used with caution in yin-defcient patients, those with yin-deficient fire, Liver yang rising, or Liver wind rising.
• Chai Hu should not be used for an individual having only an exterior syndrome but no interior symptoms or condition. Use of Chaí Hu under these circumstances may lead the pathogenic factor inward, making the dis- ease more difficult to treat.