Bai Zhu (Atractylodes (White) Rhizome) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Bai Zhu
English Name: Atractylodes (White) Rhizome

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • Tonifies the spleen, augments qi, dries dampness - diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, edema.
  • Stabilizes the exterior and stops sweating - spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency.
  • Calms the fetus - arising from spleen deficiency.

Functional Groups (Click for Summary/Study Notes)

Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 4.5-9g
  • Use raw for dampness, dry-fry for tonification

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

There are currently no contraindications listed.

Staff Clinician Notes

There are no additional notes for this herb.

Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • Ba Zhen Wan

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    Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.


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  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

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  • Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

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    For Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency - spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, desire for warm beverages, shortness of breath, intermittent fever, weak speech/low voice, weak limbs, loose/watery stools.

    The Pulse will be deficient and rootless in the spleen position or simply deficient overall and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.


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  • Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

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  • Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

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  • Gui Pi Wan

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    The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle.  General indications are anxiety, phobias, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor appetite, pallid complexion.

    In women spleen and heart deficiencies may lead to prolonged periods with little flow or early periods, heavier with pale blood.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.


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  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

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    Fever w/chills, chest oppression, abdominal pain, nausea, possibly vomiting and/or diarrhea, loss of taste, headache.

    The Pulse will be soggy and moderate and the Tongue will have a white greasy coating.


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  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

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  • Jian Pi Wan

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  • Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

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  • Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

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  • Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

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  • Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

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  • Wen Jing Tang Wan

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  • Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

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  • Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

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  • Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

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  • Xiao Yao Wan

    Formula Functions...  

    Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth.  In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.


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  • Yu Ping Feng Wan

    Formula Functions...  

    Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections. Aversions to drafts, spontaneous sweating.

    The Tongue will be pale with a white coat and the Pulse will be floating, deficient and soft.


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