The eight Chinese herbal medicines used in this study were Chai Hu (Bupleurum), Bai Zhu (Atractylodes), Bai Shao (Paeonia), Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza), Bu Gu Zhi (Psoralea), Bo He (Mentha), Fu Ling (Poria), and Shi Gao (Gypsum).
Results of our HPLC analysis showed that among the eight herbal samples tested, only six, namely, Chai Hu (Bupleurum), Bai Zhu (Atractylodes), Bai Shao (Paeonia), Gan Cao (Glycyrrhiza), Bu Gu Zhi (Psoralea), and Bo He (Mentha), contained considerable amounts of detectable phenolic compounds (gallic acid, vanillic acid, caffeic acid, synergic acid, orientin, sinapic acid, isoorientin, coumarin acid, and p-anisic acid).
radix Alba (bai shao) revealed the conversion of the main component, paeoniflorin, into its sulfonate derivative, paeoniflorin sulfonate (Wang et al.
radix Alba (bai shao), showed no toxicity in animal experiments (Huang et al.
A few of these helpful plants are: balloon flower (Platycodi grandiflori, Jie Geng), chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium, Ju Hua), buddleia (Buddleia officinalis, Mi Meng Hua), forsythia (Forsythia suspensa, Lian Qiao), white peony (Paeonia lactiflora, Bai Shao
Yao), and red peony (Paeonia rubrae, Chi Shao Yao).
In this case, Wang uses heavy doses of Bai Shao
(Radix Alba Paeoniae) to nourish the blood and emolliate the liver combined with Shu Di Huang (cooked Radix Rehmanniae) and Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) if there is liver blood depletion vacuity.
Stir-fried Bai Shao
and Dang Gut nourish the blood and emolliate the liver.
Chao adds Qing Guo (Fructus Canavaliae), He Zi (Fructus Terminaliae), Di Long (Pheretima), Quan Xie (Scorpio), Bai Shao
(Radix Alba Paeoniae), Zi Su Zi (Fructus Perillae), and Ying Su Ke (Pericarpium Papaveris Somniferi).