Chinese Name: Bai Zhu
English Name: Atractylodes Rhizome
Latin Name: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Functional Group: Herbs That Tonify Qi
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
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
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.
Herbal Medicinal Uses and Indications:
lack of appetite, vomiting, edema,
spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency,
excessive fetus movements
COMMENTS AND CAUTIONS:
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