Traditional Chinese Medicine/Chai Hu

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Name Means:

  • Chai-Firewood
  • Hu-Beard

English Name:

  • bupleurum [1]
  • hare's ear root
  • thorowax root

Chinese Name:

  • 柴胡 (Pinyin: chái hú)

Latin Name:

  • Radix Bupleuri [2]

Taste & Temperature:


  • Foot Jue Yin of Liver
  • Foot Shao Yang of Gall Bladder
  • Hand Jue Yin of Pericardium
  • Hand Shao Yang of San Jiao

Actions & Indications:

  • disperse Wind-Heat (Spicy & Cool)
  • raise Yang Qi
  • Middle Jiao Qi sinking
  • resolve Shao Yang disorders & reduce fever
  • soothe Liver Qi


  • Qi & Yin deficiency causing excessive sweating
  • Yin deficiency couch
  • Liver Fire ascending to head
  • can occasionally cause Nausea or Vomiting


  • Yin syndrome
  • Blood deficiency
  • chronic skin infection


  • 1-4 qian (3-12 grams)

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Ruizhi Zhao, Shaojun Liu, Shirui Mao, Yanjun Wang. "Study on liver targeting effect of vinegar-baked Radix Bupleuri on resveratrol in mice". Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 126, Issue 3, 10 December 2009, Pages 415-420
  2. Osamu Morinaga, Shuhang Zhu, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Yukihiro Shoyama. "Visual detection of saikosaponins by on-membrane immunoassay and estimation of traditional Chinese medicines containing Bupleuri radix". Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Volume 346, Issue 3, 4 August 2006, Pages 687-692