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Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian
(Bupleuri LiverSoothe™)
An All Natural Chinese Herbal Supplement
Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian (Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan, Chai Hu Shu Gan San, Bupleuri LiverSoothe™, Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang, 柴胡疏肝片) is a highly regarded classic Chinese herbal medicine for Liver Qi stagnation caused by emotional distress.
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    What does it do?
    Life is tough. Whether we are rich or poor, famous or ordinary, old or young, we all have had moments of anger, sorrow, loss, confrontation etc. In most cases, we can cope with them and leave emotional stress behind. There are times, however, that we think we might have got it over and then find it still hurts even after years. We may unintentionally breath a sigh of relief and experience occasional flank ache. This may signal what is called in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as "liver Qi stagnation".

    In TCM, Qi is the vital energy whose smooth circulation throughout the body keeps its organs working in harmony. Anger hurts the Liver and blocks the flow of Qi in the Liver meridians. Liver Qi stagnation includes the following symptoms: distending pain along the sides of the body, deep breathing, easily irritated or lost, chest distention, and frequent belching.

    Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian (Wan) acts to soothe the liver and disperse the stagnated liver Qi. The Chinese medicine consists of a delicate combination of seven Chinese herbs as outlined below.

    Chai Hu (Bupleurum root) is the chief Chinese herb in the formula. It relieves the stagnated Liver Qi and soothes the Liver.

    Xiang Fu (Cyperi rhizome) soothes the Liver and removes Qi obstruction to disperse depression, regulates menstruation and relieves pain.

    Zhi Ke (Bitter orange) regulates Qi and disperses fullness in the chest and abdominal distension.

    Chen Pi (Tangerine peel) moves Qi and strengthen digestion, expels dampness and transforms phlegm. Chen Pi, together with Xiang Fu and Zhi Ke act in the formula to enhance the function of Chai Hu.

    Chuan Xiong is a unique Chinese herb that both invigorates Blood and moves Qi. It expels Wind and relieves Pain.

    Bai Shao (Poeny root) nourishes the blood, harmonizes the liver and relieves pain.

    Gan Cao (Licorice root) tonifies Spleen and Qi and moderates the action of the other herbs.

    What is the formula composition?

    A proprietary blend of

    Radix Bupleuri Chinensis
    Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
    Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae
    Fructus Aurantii
    Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
    Rhizoma Cyperi Rotundi
    Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis
    (Chai Hu)
    (Chen Pi)
    (Bai Shao)
    (Zhi Ke)
    (Chuan Xiong)
    (Xiang Fu)
    (Gan Cao)
    What is Available?
    Guang Ci Tang® Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian (Bupleuri LiverSoothe™) 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets @ 5:1 strength.

    At a true 5:1 concentration, this product represents the most potent form of Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian (San/Wan/Tang) on the market. One tablet is equal to 1 gram of raw herb.

    Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency. A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula, and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets, which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe. The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a wonderful fusion of science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.

    Guang Ci Tang® Advantages
    Effective. Safe. Affordable
    • True 5:1 concentration
    • Double the strength of other brands
    • Minimal or no fillers and binders
    • No pharmaceuticals, sugar, or dyes
    • Comprehensive lab testing (e.g., heavy metals,etc.)
    • Made in a cGMP certified facility
    • Unbeatable value
    • Safely used in the USA since 1995

    Check for an independent US lab test report.

    How do I use it?
    The standard dosage for Bupleuri LiverSoothe™ is 5 tablets each time, taken 2 to 3 times daily with or before meals. One bottle lasts users 2 to 3 weeks.

    The dose may be doubled for a quicker and stronger response as needed (e. g., in an acute phase). Consult your practitioner for precise dosage recommendations based on body weight and other factors.

    Differentiation in Usage
    Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan and Xiao Yao Wan are both used for liver Qi stagnation and are originated from Si Ni San (Bupleurum, White peony, Bitter orange, and Licorice). Xiao Yao Wan can also nourish the Spleen (digestion function) and tonify the blood but Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan has a stronger Qi moving and pain relieving effect.

    Side Effects
    Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan has been safely used with few adverse effects when used according to instructions.

    1. Not for use during pregnancy.

    Allergy Info
    Bupleuri LiverSoothe™ is gluten free

    In the Media

    1. Chai Hu Shu Gan Wan has a slightly warming property and is NOT recommended for use if the body has deficiency in Yin energy or blood manifested as pale face, slight fever, weak pulse, thirst etc.
    2. Discontinue use if symptoms like thirst, distraction, and insomnia occur while taking the Chinese medicine.
    3. Keep out of reach of children.


    Bupleuri LiverSoothe™ (Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from works well Does as label states...soothes liver and pain totally. however i only take two pills on daily basis.
    Date published: 2014-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful herbs my accupuncturist told me that i needed this herb and it works wonders for me ....thanks
    Date published: 2014-08-05
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