Bupleurum is used for respiratory infections, including the flu (influenza), swine flu, the common cold, bronchitis, and pneumonia; and symptoms of these infections, including fever and cough.
Some people use bupleurum for digestion problems including indigestion, diarrhea, and constipation.
Women sometimes use it for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and painful periods (dysmenorrhea).
Bupleurum is also used for fatigue, headache, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), trouble sleeping (insomnia), depression, liver disorders, and loss of appetite (anorexia).
Other uses include treatment of cancer, malaria, chest pain (angina), epilepsy, pain, muscle cramps, joint pain (rheumatism), asthma, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and high cholesterol.
Bupleurum is included in many herbal combination products. For example, it is included in a Chinese herbal formula and in a Japanese herbal formula (Sho-saiko-to, TJ-9, Xiao-chai-hu-tang) which are used to treat a blood disorder called thrombocytopenic purpura and various chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis. These herbal combination products are also used to prevent the development of liver cancer.
Bupleurum is also used in combination with Panax ginseng and licorice to help stimulate adrenal gland function, particularly in patients with a history of long-term use of corticosteroid drugs.
How does it work?
Bupleurum might stimulate the cells of the immune system to work harder.
Warning: Do not use if you are pregnant, may become pregnant,
or breastfeeding. If you are taking Interferon or any other prescription
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