CHAI HU 柴胡

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CHAI HU 柴胡

Bupleuri Radix (柴胡) is the dried root of Bupleurum chinense DC. or B. scorzonerifolium Willd., family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae).

Other name 
Chaihu (Chinese), Chinese Thorowax Root

Macroscopic character
Beichaihu (B. chinense): Cylindrical or elongated conical. Apex remained with stem-bases or short fibrous leaf bases, branched at the lower part. External blackish-brown or light brown, with longitudinal wrinkles, rootlet scars and lenticel-like protrudings. Texture hard and tenacious, uneasily broken, fracture laminated-fibrous, bark light brown, wood yellowish-white. Odor, slightly aromatic; taste, slightly bitter.

Nanchaihu (B. scorzonerifolium): Relatively thin, conical. Apex with numerous hairy fibers from withered leaves, usually not branched or slightly branched at the lower part. External reddish-brown or blackish-brown, with dense and transverse annulations at the rootstock. Texture slightly soft, easily broken, fracture slightly even, non-fibrous. Odor, rancid.

 

Important cultivation area

Hebei, Dongbei, Henan and Shaanxi provinces.

Processing method

1. Chaihu: Eliminate foreign matters and remain of stems, wash clean, soften thoroughly, cut into sections or thick slices, and dry.

2. Cuchaihu: Mix Chaihu with appropriate amount of vinegar until Chaihu are complete moistened (use 20 kg of vinegar for 100 kg of Chaihu), stir-fry on a gentle fire until dry.

Traditional Chinese Medicine action
Pungent, bitter; slightly cold. Enter liver, gallbladder and lung channels.

1.Chaihu: Disperse and reduce fever, soothe the liver to resolve depression, upraise yang qi.

2.Cuchaihu: Modurate dispersion, more potent in soothe the liver and relieve pain.

 

Thai Traditional Medicine action
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Usage and dosage 
3-10 g, decoction for oral use.


* Contraindication and precaution *
Dayechaihu (B. longiradiatum) is an herb in the same genus of Chaihu, but toxic and can not be used as Chaihu.


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