Shortly after beginning this writing, I encountered a document on the liver in Chinese medicine in which the author writes that he prefers Cyperus to Burpeurum to move liver chi (see postscript). When I was "re-learning" the Doctrine of Signatures during a post-illness awakening Cyperus was one herb that really struck me as having the signature of a chi-moving herb in it's florescence, much in the same fashion as the Apiaceae. While looking at the plant's structure, it seemed as if the flower represented an explosion. This, I then understood, hinted at its medicinal use. Such is the way of the ancients. Today, people like to pretend to know "better" than the Doctrine of Signatures, though they use the same herbs in the same way as the ancients who discovered their virtues through the Doctrine. Focusing on only the medical uses as presented by the modern collective, today's herbalists, naturopaths, and acupuncturists tend to pretend that the descriptions presented by the textbooks are the only sound source of information, and deny that analogues can be useful. This only reveals their ignorance. Further, it falls short of providing for a truly holistic system, which must utilize local, natural plants.
The problems of liver stagnation plague people everywhere. It must be that there is hope even for folks outside of the availability of Chai Hu.