Chinese thoroughwax root

Chinese thoroughwax root,

n Latin name:
Bupleurum chinense; parts used: roots; uses: rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. In recent times, this medicine has been combined with prescribed drugs like prednisone to enhance the drug's ability to act. Constituents within this type of medicine called saikosaponins promote the release of hormones like cortisone by the adrenal gland and increase the potency of these chemicals. At the same time, it is claimed to prevent the atrophy of the adrenal gland caused by the use of corticosteroids; precautions: dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, in TCM associated with liver yang agitation. Also called
bei chai hu, chai hu, Chinese thorowax, and
hare's ear.
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