Bai Zhu


Bai Zhu in TCM:

Explore the properties of Bai Zhu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: white atractylodes, large-headed atractylodes
Pharmaceutical Name: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Properties: bitter, acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: ST, SP

Flavors: bitter, pungent
Tonifies: qi

Special Properties:
clears damp, resolves water accumulations, resolves phlegm

    Alternate Forms of Bai Zhu:
  • Sheng: dries damp
  • Chao: tonifies SP; stops sweating; calms fetus
  • Chao Jiao: stops diarrhea

Actions / Indications:
  • Tonifies Spleen; augments qi (diarrhea, fatigue, poor appetite)
  • Strengthens SP; dries dampness (phlegm fluids, edema, reduced urination, painful obstruction)
  • Stabilizes exterior, stops sweating (spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency)
  • Strengthen SP; calms fetus (restless fetus due to SP deficiency)

    Other Notes:
  • Bai Zhu decoction is an immunostimulant that increases the activity of macrophages and reticuloendothelial cells

  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat signs or injured fluids)
  • (note: compare to cang zhu)