Atractylodes Alba ( 白术 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Most often used in formulas to treat symptoms of edema with decreased urination, spontaneous sweating, diarrhea, fatigue, poor appetite, and sometimes vomiting (TCM: for deficiency conditions causing poor metabolism of moisture in body); and has been used in formulas to prevent miscarriage (TCM: due to Spleen deficiency).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Tonifies Spleen and benefits Qi; strengthens Spleen and dries dampness; stabilizes exterior and stops sweating.
Common Formulas Used In
Agastache; Angelica; Bupleurum and Tang Gui; Ginseng and Astragalus; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Hoelen Five; Major Four Herbs; Major Six Herbs; Stephania and Astragalus; Tang Gui and Ginseng Eight; Tang Gui and Indigo.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is Yin deficiency with Heat and thirst.
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