Used to treat health problems related to flu, fever, liver disorder and regular menstrual cycle, bupleurum is a plant widely used in China and Japan.

It is also known for its bitter taste, which acts as an appetite stimulant and digestive function.

The plant belongs to the Apiaceae family, which means that it is also identified by other names, such as chai hu, hare’s ear and thorow-wax. Its medicinal foundations are fixed in the leaves, shoots and roots. In some cases, the herb can be combined with other species, which increases its healing assets.

medicinal properties

Bupleurum can be used based on its active principles, as it has analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antiperiodical, antipyretic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, hemolytic, hepatic, pectoral, sedative effect.

As for indications, the plant can be consumed to treat various diseases and their symptoms. It promotes blood circulation, ends fever, dysmenorrhea, hemorrhoids, abdominal swelling, herpes, malaria and protects the liver.

According to investigations into the medicinal properties of bupleurum, it was found to have a strong anti-inflammatory action. Therefore, its use can prevent inflammation in the body. Especially in liver and kidney disorders, treatment with the plant can combat chronic inflammation, toxicity or autoimmune disease.

bupleurum tea

To prepare bupleurum tea, just add 200 ml of water to a boil. Then pour two tablespoons of crushed leaves or sprouts into the cup, then pour in the hot water. Let it sit for about five minutes. The next step is to use a sieve to remove the herb. So the tea is ready to be drunk.

It is recommended that the daily consumption does not exceed the amount of three cups.


Before consuming this or any other plant, the doctor should be consulted, as the herb can have drastic consequences for health, especially because it is toxic. The use of bupleurum is strictly prohibited for those who have severe migraines and conjunctivitis.

Depending on how the patient’s body reacts, the plant can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as flatulence, nausea and vomiting.