Atractylodes ( 苍术 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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.
Usages and Functions
Dries dampness and strengthens the Spleen; expels wind dampness; clears
dampness in the Lower Burner; causes sweating and expels pathogens.
Formulas Used In
Clematis and Stephania; Cyperus and Ligusticum.
Avoid use in conditions of excessive sweating due to deficient Qi or deficient
Yin with heat signs.