Atractylodes ( 苍术 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Atractylodes Lancea

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Cang Zhu

Common English Name

Atractylodes

Part of Plant Used

Root

Nature

Warm

Taste

Acrid, bitter, aromatic

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach

Common Usages

This herb is most often used in formulas that treat rheumatic arthritis with symptoms of dull pain in the joints, poor appetite, fatigue, and nausea. (TCM: internal damp conditions; deficient Spleen). It is also useful in treating the night blindness caused by vitamin-A deficiency.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Dries dampness and strengthens the Spleen; expels wind dampness; clears dampness in the Lower Burner; causes sweating and expels pathogens.

Common Formulas Used In

Clematis and Stephania; Cyperus and Ligusticum.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Avoid use in conditions of excessive sweating due to deficient Qi or deficient Yin with heat signs.



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