Bupleurum Root

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Bupleurum Root

plant overview

This member of the dill and carrot family is native to Asia, with particular distribution and commercial cultivation occurring in China.  The plant is primarily harvested for its root.

where in the world 
habitat and range for bupleurum

Bupleurum is native to East Asia—China, Korea.

a bit of botany 
a little botanical information about bupleurum

Bupleurum is a member of the Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae) family.

Bupleurum chinense is a perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from September to October.  The plant is self-fertile.

common names & nomenclature 
The Chinese name for this plant is Chai Hu, which translates to mean “kindling of the barbarians”.

hare’s ear, chai hu, bupleurum, chinese thoroughwax, thorowax, chaifu, chaihu, chai hu chaiku-saiko, chinese thoroughwax root, hare’s ear root, northern chinese thorowax root, radix bupleuri, saiko, shi ho, shoku-saiko, sho-saiko-to, shrubby hare’s ear, sickle-leaf hare’s ear, siho, wa-saiko, xiao chai hu tang, yamasaiko.

cultivation & harvesting 
considerations for growing and harvesting bupleurum

Bupleurum can be found in grassy areas on hills and mountain slopes in Korea. Grasslands, stream banks, sunny slopes and roadsides at elevations of 100-2700 metres in China. It can grow in semi-shade or no shade.

Bupleurum grows in sandy, loamy and heavy clay soils and prefers dry to moist, well-drained soil.

Sow seeds in spring in a cold frame. The seed usually germinates in 2-8 weeks.

Harvest bupleurum roots in autumn, use fresh or dried.

Dry the roots completely and store as cut slices or as a powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

the rest of the story 
bupleurum history, folklore, literature & more

 As a member of the Umbelliferae family, this herb bears a resemblance to fennel and dill.  In Japan, this is the primary treatment for hepatitis and liver cancer.

As an added bonus, some researchers suspect that Bupleurum compounds may directly destroy invading bacteria and viruses.

Long-term use or high dosages of Bupleurummay cause vomiting, constipation, bloating and swelling of the face or extremities.Do not use this herb if you are pregnant, nursing or taking antibiotics.

Bupleurum Root

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