Has anyone used minor bupleurum? My doctor suggested this the other day, saying there are studies showing it works in hep B virus and it appears to help increase interferon production. So in theory sounds like a good herb for viral infections and enteroviral infections etc. I guess it probably works along the same lines as oxymatrine? Bupleurum is used (as a tea, h. p.) for inflammations of the iver (chronic hepatitis), kidneys (chronic nephritis) and upper respiratory ':ract (influenza, the common cold, bronchitis, etc.), PMS (= premenstrual syndrome), primary dysmenorrhea (= painful menstruation without pathology), secondary amenorrhea and oligomenorrhea (= ceased / infrequent / scanty menstruation without pathology), hypotonic uterus, auditory disorders (impaired hearing, vertigo = a type of dizziness) and for minor cases of nervous tension and decreased concentration associated with fatigue. (5) Bupleurum has been widely used for over 2000 years in Asia and is used today in Japan and China for hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other conditions associated with inflammation. Other traditional uses that are not supported by human scientific studies include the treatment ofdeafuess, dizziness, diabetes, wounds, and vomiting. Bupleurum root is an important ingredient in xiao-ciJai-hu-tan/sho-saiko-to, also known as Minor Bupleurum Decoction, a combination of nine herbs, including ginseng, ginger, and licorice, that is used in traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine for hepatitis and cirrhosis. Clinical studies have suggested that this combination may be effective in the treatment of hepatitis B and in the prevention of hepatocellular carcinoma. The mixture has also shown some promise as a liver-protecting agent and as an adjuvant in the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HN) infection. The effect of bupleurum is inseparable from the effects of the other ingredients in xiao-chai-hutan/sho-saiko-to; thus, it is difficult to make any firm conclusions based on studies of this combination product. However, because there is some promising early clinical evidence of efficacy for these formulae in the treatment and prevention of hepatitis-associated liver disease, a number of the studies of the combination preparations are included in this review.(2) http://www.herbosophy.com.au/bupleurum-bupleurum-falcatum/ theres a few hits on pubmed too.