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Bupleurum is a member of the Apiaceae family of plants .The roots of this perennial plant are bright yellow, and bitter.

It is an ornamental plant with delicate yellow flowers and sickle shaped leaves.

It is a primary component in a Chinese patent medicine called “Xia Yao San” or “Xia Yao Wan” (“san” means powder and “wan” means pill)

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that living in conflict influences the person’s flow of qi and blood, causing it to flow erratically and bind up. In the Chinese model of health and disease, the free flow of Qi and blood is the requirement for health and the obstructed flow of Qi and blood is a cause of disease. Bupleurum is said to disperse Qi and clear heat from the liver network