Atractylodes ( 苍术 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Acrid, bitter, aromatic
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.
Cautions in Use
Avoid use in conditions of excessive sweating due to deficient Qi or deficient Yin with heat signs.