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Bupleurum tenue


Minor Decoction of Bupleurum

  1. Xiao Chaihu Tang
  2. 小柴胡汤
  3. 小柴胡湯

The Prescription of Bupleurum tenue


The book Shang Han Lun



Chai Hu: The principal drug, being bitter and pungent in flavor and slightly cold in nature, tending to distribute so as to disperse pathogenic factors from the superficies of the body.

Huang Qin: Being bitter in taste and cold in nature, being adept in removing pathogenic heat in Shaoyang channel.

Ban Xia: Regulating the function of the stomach to promote the descending of the stomach-Qi, resolving masses, relieving fullness.

Ren Shen, Gan Cao, Sheng Jiang and Da Zao: Invigorating the stomach-Qi, promoting the production of body fluid, coordinating Ying and Wei.

The Effect of Bupleurum tenue


Mediating Shaoyang channel


Syndrome due to the attack of exogenous pathogens on Shaoyang channel and the struggle between pathogens and vital Qi, marked by bitter taste in the mouth, dry throat, dizziness, alternate attacks of chills and fever, fullness and discomfort in the chest and hypochondrium, languor, loss of appetite, restlessness with strong desire for vomiting, thin whitish tongue coating, and taut pulse; including such diseases with the above symptoms as chronic cholecystitis, chronic hepatitis, chronic pelvic inflammation, exudative pleurisy and fever due to cold in the menstrual period.


Decocted in water for oral dose to be taken twice.