When liver energy is blocked or congested, anger and frustration arise, and a lack of creativity can follow. This is when the doldrums hit and you don’t feel inspired to do anything. Nothing is flowing well in your life and everything seems out of balance.
In both ancient Japanese medicine (Kampo) and Chinese medicine (TCM), a specific root, Bupleurum chinense, was used to clear heat from the liver channel and promote the flow of obstructed Qi (energy). Traditionally this plant was taken as a tea. I’ve found that it’s gentler in tea form, rather than as a tincture.
Below is a delicious tea you can use for 14 days and then stop. Bupleurum should NOT be used as a long-term medicine. It has a purpose – to move stagnant energy. I recommend using this tea in the spring if you are feeling that the winter blues have not yet lifted, and you are feeling physically, emotionally and spiritually stagnant.
- 1 tbsp. Bupleurum powder (Bupleurum chinense)*
- 1 tbsp. Goji berries (Lycium barbarum)
- 1 tbsp. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinales)
- 1 tbsp. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
- 1 tbsp. Hawthorne berries (Crateagus oxycanthus)
- 1 tsp. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
- 1 tsp. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Put all ingredients into a French press or a large mason jar. Cover with 24 ounces of boiling water. Steep overnight. Drink 2 cups daily for 14 days.
* Do not drink this herb if you are pregnant because it can affect hormone balance.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.