Information on Atractylodes

Latin NameAtractylodes lancea
Other NamesBai zhu
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsBulk herb, tincture; capsules and tablets.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsAvoid atractylodes in cases of weakness with excess sweating.
Botanical InfoAn erect perennial in the celery family with umbrella-like flowering parts, growing up to 4 to 5 feet tall.
DescriptionAtractylodes is slightly aromatic, relieves painful digestion, and is stimulating and diuretic. It improves digestion and counteracts fatigue and loss of appetite. The dried rhizome is used to tonify the spleen and to treat diarrhea and stomach problems. A Chinese study revealed that atractylodes may be used preventatively for stress-induced gastric ulcers. It has also been used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Atractylodes has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Atractylodes

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Spleen tonicdigestive tonictea


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