Herbs_B-->Bai Zhu (Atractylodes Rhizome)

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Chinese Name: Bai Zhu
English Name: Atractylodes Rhizome
Latin Name: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Functional Group: Herbs That Tonify Qi
Group: Herbs that Tonify Qi

Bai Zhu, also known as atractylodes macrocephala and atractylodes rhizome, is bitter, sweet,and warm. It belongs to superior tonic herbal that tonifies Qin-energy or supplements energy.

It acts on the spleen, stomach, heart, and triple burner channels.

WHY IT'S USED: In Chinese traditional medicine terms, Bai Zhu can tonifies the spleen and the stomach, supplements Qi-energy and dries dampness. Also Bai Zhu can stabilize the exterior to stop spontaneous sweating due to Qi-energy deficiency and calms the fetus to prevent miscarriage.

In recently science study, Bai Zhu has functions as following:
1. Protects Liver: Extraction of bai zhu lessened the necrosis and mutation of liver cells, and improved the new growth of the liver cells.
2. Improves gall secretion
3. Prevents ulcer of stomach
4. Improves movements of intestines and bowels
5. Diuretics
6. Improves immune system
7. Anti cancer: Laboratory tests showed that neutral oil of the vaporizing oil bai zhu could inhibit esophagus cancer cells. 10mg/ml/hour could detach all the cancer cells. 5mg/ml/hour could detach most of the cancer cells and damaged the remaining cells. The nucleus became hazy and the cells became empty bubbles.
8. Affects heart and blood vessels
9. Lowers blood sugar
10. Anti coagulation of blood
11. Anti bacteria
12. Decrease contraction of the uterus.
13. Anti-oxidation

Herbal Medicinal Uses and Indications:
diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, edema, spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency, excessive fetus movements

COMMENTS AND CAUTIONS: Bai Zhu (Atractylodes Rhizome) is a siuperior tonic herbal and can be used for a long term, but should be combined cautiously with the appropriate herbs for treating Yin Deficiency with heat and fluid deficiency. Dosage: 5 to 15 grams


Bai Zhu

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