The health benefits of Bupleurum tea have been well-known in the annals of Traditional Chinese Medicine for countless centuries. The bupleurum has been used since the ancient times to treat various allergies and infections.
Also known as bupleurum chinense, chai hu and thorowax root, bupleurum is a plant belonging to the Apiaceae family. The bupleurum plant resembled a dill. Bupleurum’s medicinal roots are used in various healing concoctions in China and throughout East Asia.
The active constituents of bupleurum include: saikosaponin, bupleurumol, adonitol, spinasterol, linolenic acid, palmitic acid, quercetin, and rutin. The saikosaponins appear to account for much of the medicinal activity of bupleurum. Studies have shown that the said constituent are anti-inflammatory and may inhibit the growth of liver cancer cells.
Bupleurum makes up about 16% of the Japanese herbal medicine formula known as sho-saiko-to. It is in turn based on the traditional Chinese formula xiao-chai-hu-tang. The sho-saiko-to formula is used in Japan to treat liver cancer and hepatitis.
Bupleurum tea can be made by combining dried and chopped bupleurum roots and hot water. Extracts and capsules of the bupleurum herb are also available.
Bupleurum tea and sho-saiko-to are not recommended for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding. It is best to consult first with your physicians before trying out bupleurum tea herbal remedy.
The following are the health properties attributed to bupleurum tea:
- May help treat liver problems like hepatitis, cirrhosis and cancer.
- May help treat infections with fever.
- May help relieve chest congestion.
- May help treat indigestion.
- May be helpful in treating hemorrhoids.
- May help treat uterine and anal prolapse.
- May be useful in treating diarrhea.
- May be helpful in overall efforts to treat HIV.