The long, coarse root known as bupleurum is often used to reduce certain types of fever and to treat irritability and feelings of frustration. Sometimes called hare's ear or thorowax root, it is characterized in traditional Chinese medicine as bitter, acrid and cool.
Taken internally for:
The root is available in bulk in Chinese pharmacies, Asian markets and some Western health food stores. Chinese pharmacies also offer mixtures containing the root.
Combinations: White peony root mixed with bupleurum is prescribed for vertigo, dizziness, chest pain and painful menstrual periods. Irregular menstruation, premenstrual syndrome and certain kinds of depression may be treated with a blend of bupleurum and field mint. Bupleurum is often combined with bitter orange fruit to alleviate pressure in the chest, abdominal pain, poor appetite and irregular bowel movements. Licorice sometimes mixed with bupleurum to treat hepatitis. For information on specific dosages and additional herbal combinations, consult your Chinese medicine practitioner.