Bupleurum falcatum is also known as sickle-leaved hare’s ear. It is a species in the Apiaceae family. B. falcatum and has been used in Chinese medicine as a “liver tonic” for over 2000 years.
It is commonly prescribed by Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine doctors for inflammatory and infectious diseases. B. falcatum has been found to possess anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
It was reported that several major triterpenoid saponins were found in B. falcatum extract, including saikosaponin A (SSA) and saikosaponin D (SSD). These components are reported to have immunomodulatory, antiproliferative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer effects.
Many studies have focused on the use of Chinese herbal medicines to treat or prevent PCV2-induced health disorders.
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How does it work?
Bupleurum falcatum extract works by increasing the strength of the immune system and stimulating it to work harder, but this is not scientifically proven.
Benefits of using Bupleurum Falcatum Extract:
- People use bupleurum for respiratory infections, liver infections, digestion problems, menstrual problems, and many other health-related problems.
- Inflammation of the liver (caused by the hepatitis B virus): research shows that an herbal combination containing bupleurum (Sho-saiko-to) might help the body to fight off the hepatitis B virus.
- Liver cancer: early research also showed that an herbal combination containing bupleurum (Sho-saiko-to) can help reduce liver cancer in some people with hepatitis B and cirrhosis.
- It may help with depression: studies from China showed that Chinese herbal combinations (like Bupleurum) combined with the normal antidepressant medicines may help reduce symptoms of depression.
- Flu: research also showed that an herbal combination containing bupleurum (Chima qingwen) might help the body to fight off a type of flu known as H1N1.
- Asthma, chest pain, diarrhea, constipation, cough, epilepsy, fatigue, fevers, headache, hemorrhoids, high indigestion, joint pain, ringing in the ears, liver disorders, loss of appetite, malaria, cholesterol, muscle cramps, pain, painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, stimulating the adrenal gland, common cold, and trouble sleeping are some other diseases that bupleurum falcatum extract may be able to treat.
All of these benefits actually lack scientific evidence and data and there is no proof that bupleurum falcatum extract can treat the above-mentioned benefits.
What are the side effects and what precautions should I take?
It is possibly safe when taken by mouth for up to 5 years but when used in combination with other herbs, such as Sho-saiko-to it had caused increased bowel movements, intestinal gas, drowsiness, and serious lung problems. breathing problems, and liver problems.
- Bleeding disorders: the chemicals (saikosaponins) present in bupleurum might slow blood clotting.
- Diabetes: the chemicals (saikosaponins) present in bupleurum might slow blood clotting.
- Surgery: the chemicals (saikosaponins) in bupleurum might prolong bleeding so, make sure to stop taking saikosaponins (at least 2weeks) before a scheduled surgery.
- Do not take bupleurum falcatum extract when you’re pregnant and while breastfeeding (consult your doctor).
- Bupleurum could cause the immune system to become more active, and this would increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases (like multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA)).
Interactions to avoid:
- Medications like immunosuppressants can interact with bupleurum: bupleurum might increase the immune system and as a result, it decreases the effectiveness of medications that is used to decrease the immune system.
- Medications like anti-diabetic drugs can interact with bupleurum: the chemicals (saikosaponins) present in bupleurum might increase blood sugar. the drugs that are used to decrease blood sugar won’t be effective because bupleurum will increase the blood sugar.
- Antiplatelet drugs will interact with bupleurum: the chemicals (saikosaponins) present in bupleurum might slow blood clotting. Taking antiplatelet drugs along with bupleurum will slow blood clotting and it will result in bruises and bleeding.