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Bupleurum: the detoxifying ancient herb that boosts liver health

If you feel frequently run down and lacking in energy, there is a good chance that your body is in need of a detox. One of the best natural ways to detoxify your system and get it back into the best working shape possible is an ancient remedy used in Chinese medicine called Bupleurum.

This herb is well known for its detox abilities and benefits for the liver but that is not all. If you want to know what this wonderful herb can do for you, then read on as this little known herb packs health benefits that may surprise you.


Bupleurum which is known scientifically as bupleurum chinense is a plant native to certain areas of Central Europe and East Asia though these days it is found in various other parts of the world including the United States.
The plant resembles dill with its yellow flowers and long leaves but it is the root of the herb which contains most of the beneficial medicinal compounds and is used for making supplements.

In China, bupleurum was known traditionally as ‘harmony herb’ because of its ability to support bodily synergy and maintain healthy balance. It is available in various supplementary forms and also used as an ingredient in a number of herbal formulas.


1. Improves General Liver Function and Detoxification

The liver is the largest internal organ in our bodies and is responsible for many vital tasks, including getting rid of and neutralizing all kinds of toxins. The liver also makes bile, which helps the body absorb and properly utilize fats and fat-soluble vitamins.

Keeping the liver working as it should is key to anyone and everyone’s good health. There are many habits and environmental factors that take a toll on the liver, including drinking alcohol, eating processed foods, taking certain medications and pollution. This herb is best known for its ability to detoxify the liver and improve overall liver health. It’s definitely one of the top powerful herbal remedies for liver function, which includes properly converting nutrients and removing hazardous toxins.

2. Prevents and Treats Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer

Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease of the liver in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue that blocks blood and bile flow through the liver and keeps it from working properly. The most common causes of cirrhosis are excessive alcohol consumption as well as chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus. If the disease is severe enough, it can be fatal.

Sho-saiko-to, or Xiao Chai Hu Tang, is a Japanese medicine that includes bupleurum. Laboratory and animal studies conducted at Osaka City University Medical School in Japan suggest that Sho-saiko-to has a protective effect on the liver. One study showed that this herbal formula helped prevent the development of hepatocellular carcinomas (liver cancer) in patients who already have cirrhosis. This is huge when you consider that the incidence of liver cancer is extremely high in cirrhosis patients.Unfortunately, some case reports have shown the side effects of Sho-saiko-to. Most of the side effects were interstitial pneumonia and acute respiratory failure induced by Sho-saiko-to in Japan.

3. Boosts Adrenal Gland Function

Bupleurum has been used in combination with licorice and panax ginseng to aid and stimulate adrenal gland function. This has been especially helpful for patients with a history of long-term use of corticosteroid drugs, which take a major toll on adrenal health. By aiding the adrenal glands, bupleurum can help harmonize the body and improve energy levels by combatting adrenal insufficiency.

4.  Treats Depression Due to PMS or Menopause

Many people today take mood-stabilizing drugs for their anxiety or depression. Most of these are selective serotonin re-uptake inhibiter). These drugs don’t come without their own very concerning side effects so it’s always worthwhile to look into the possibility of natural remedies.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that liver qi stagnation is the central cause of depression. Practitioners of TCM often recommend Chai hu shu gan san, an herbal formula that includes bupleurum, for stagnation of liver qi (energy that flows in the body). Chai hu shu gan san has been found to be especially effective when it’s used to treat the depression that can often occur during premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as well as menopause.

Note: The listed health problems are very serious, and therefore, for the use of this herbal remedy for solving this health problems, for advice, first consult your healthcare professional.

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