February 6, 2016


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How does Bupleurum work?

Bupleurum might stimulate the cells of the immune system to work harder. It might also have other effects, but none of these are proven in humans.

Are there safety concerns?

There isn't enough information to know if bupleurum is safe. However, some side effects are known to occur such as increased bowel movements, intestinal gas, and drowsiness. In combination with other herbs, such as in the Japanese herbal formula called Sho-saiko-to, it has caused serious lung and breathing problems.

Do not take bupleurum if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have an immune system disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions called "autoimmune disease."

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