Bupleurum Benefits | Digestive Health & Liver Function
Bupleurum (Bupleurum falcatum) is a plant in the Apiaceae family, also known as the carrot or parsley family. It is native to Europe and Asia and is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects. The roots and leaves of the bupleurum plant are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to improve liver function and digestive health.
Other Common Names
Bei Chai Hu, Bupleuri, Sickle-leaf & Thorow wax.
Root & Leaves
Main Therapeutic Compounds
Saponins, lignans and flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, and apigenin.
Bupleurum Herbal Benefits
Gastrointestinal Health | Liver Function | Immune support | Adrenal Health
Bupleurum is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, bloating, and diarrhea. It is believed to have several effects on gastrointestinal health, including, Reducing inflammation, improving digestion and Reducing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The saponins and flavonoids in bupleurum are thought to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Bupleurum has also been shown to stimulate bile production, which can help improve digestion and prevent constipation.
One study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research examined the effects of a supplement containing bupleurum, ginger, and other herbs on the symptoms of IBS in 60 people. The study found that the supplement effectively reduced abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea symptoms.
Liver Function & Health
Bupleurum is traditionally used by herbalists and Chinese medicine to support liver health, and some research suggests that it may have liver-protective effects.A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial published in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2011 examined the effects of a supplement containing bupleurum on liver function in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The study involved 30 people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) who were randomly assigned to receive either a supplement containing bupleurum or a placebo for 12 weeks. The researchers concluded that the supplement containing bupleurum effectively reduced liver enzymes' levels, which are chemicals released into the bloodstream when the liver is damaged or inflamed. The study also found that bupleurum may reduce levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which are risk factors for heart disease.
Adrenal Health & Stress
There is limited research on the effects of bupleurum on adrenal health. The adrenal glands are small, triangular-shaped glands on top of the kidneys that produce hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are essential in several bodily functions, including the body's response to stress, metabolism, and blood pressure regulation.Some traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that bupleurum may help to support adrenal health by reducing stress and improving the body's ability to cope with stress.
Bupleurum is believed to have immune-boosting effects and may help to support the immune system. Research published in the Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology journal examined bupleurum's effects on the immune system. The study found that bupleurum effectively reduced inflammation and improved immune function by increasing the production of immune cells.
Bupleurum Typical Use
Dried Herb & Powder
2-6g in powder, capsule or tablet form. To make Bupleurum tea, 6-12 grams can be steeped in hot water.
Tincture & Liquid Extract
Typical adult use of Bupleurum tincture or liquid extract is approximately 3-8mls daily in divided doses or as directed by your practitioner.
Bupleurum is not recommended during pregnancy & breastfeeding and is best avoided when taking certain medications.
It is thought that bupleurum may aggravate autoimmune disorders by stimulating the immune system.
If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical medications, please consult your primary healthcare practitioner prior to use.
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