Chai Hu - Chai Hu had a Chow Whoops!
When Chai Hu won the award he raised his SP yang
and had a chow whoops in his pants due to diarrhea...
how embarrasing! But instead of being embarrashed Chai Hu decided to pull
down his pants, spread his LV qi, and relieve
his constraint upon the crowd below! Later that night as Chai Hu
reflected upon his day he began to feel embarrased and developed alternating
chills and fever (Shaoyang syndrome) and swore never to win another
English Name: bupleurum, hare's ear, Chinese thorowax root, red thorowax root, "kindling of the barbarians"
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Bupleuri
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool
Explanation of Key Words in this story...
|raised his SP yang
||lifts SP yang
|spread his LV qi; relieve constraint
||spreads LV qi; relieves constraint
|alternating chills/fever (shaoyang syndrome)
||harmonizes shao yang syndrome; reduces fever
Chai Hu Actions and Indications
- Harmonizes shao yang syndrome; reduces fever (alternating
chills and fever; flank pain, bitter taste, irritability, vomit, stifling
sensation in chest; fever from exterior syndromes; wind-heat headaches;
particularly effective for half-interior half-exterior disorders)
- Spreads LV qi; relieves constraint (LV qi stagnation
with chest and flank pain, menstrual disorders, emotional instability;
disharmony between LV and SP)
- Lifts SP Yang (prolapse of organs or diarrhea
due to sinking of SP qi; head, eye, ear disorders due to yang qi that
fails to ascend)
- (cc: Since Chai Hu is acrid and dispersing it consumes LV yin. Caution
with yin deficient heat, LYR, LV Wind, or rebellious qi)
- (cc: Chai Hu may have adverse interaction with interferon, inducing
- Sheng: better for shao yang syndrome or fever (12g)
- Cu Zhi: better for LV Qi Yu (6-9g)
- Mi Zhi: better for SP qi sinking (3-6g)
- Pharmacologically Chai Hu has been shown to have analgesic and antipyretic
functions, sedative effects, anti-inflammatory actions, hepatoprotective
functions, cholagogic functions (increases bile production), antihyperlipidemic
properties (reduce triglycerides and cholesterol), immunostimulant benefits,
and antibiotic actions.
- A comparison of Ge Gen, Chai Hu, and Sheng
Ma reveals that Ge Gen is weakest to lift SP
yang while Sheng Ma is strongest to lift
- Used to treat shao yang headaches, along with Huang
Qin and Chuan Xiong..