Botanical Name: Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma

Bai Zhu

Bai Zhu

Category: Tonify the Qi

Taste: Bitter, Sweet

Temperature: Warm

Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach

Dosage: 6-15g

Key Characteristics: Tonifies the Spleen qi, dries dampness, and quiets the fetus.

Cautions and Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated for internal heat from yin deficiency or thirst from exhausted fluids.

Actions and Indications:

  • Tonifies the Spleen and augments the qi: for Spleen or Stomach deficiency with such symptoms as diarrhea, fatigue, sallow complexion, and lack of appetite.
  • Dries dampness and promotes water metabolism: for accumulation of fluids affecting digestion as well as edema and reduce urination due to Spleen deficiency and its failure to transform and transport. Used as an auxiliary herb for damp painful obstruction.
  • Stabilizes the exterior and stops sweating: for spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency. Can be used for other types of sweating when combined with appropriate herbs.
  • Calms the fetus: for restless fetus disorder, especially when due to Spleen deficiency. Can be used for other types of this disorder when combined with appropriate herbs.