Bai Zhu - Atractylodes (White) Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Zhu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai zhu" which in english is Bai Zhu herb"atractylodes (white) rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), sweet (gan) and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

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

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • 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.

Bai Zhu may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: diarrhea, edema, fatigue and/or vomiting

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, bai zhu is generally included in the following 29 formulas:

  • Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan (Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination) - Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp wit…
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  • Ba Zhen Wan (Eight Treasure Combination) - For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident…
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  • Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula) - Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or dia…
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  • Dang Gui Wan (Tangkuei Powder) - For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident…
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  • Dan Gui Shao Yao Wan (Dang Gui And Peony Powder) - Blood deficiency with poor water circulation - generally …
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  • Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan (Ledebouriella Pills to Sagely Unblock) - High fever with aversion to cold. Thick phlegm that may …
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  • Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan (Stephania and Astragalus Teapills) - Wind damp / wind edema (feng shui, literally "wind water") …
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  • Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan (Aconite Regulate Middle Pills) - Spleen yang deficiency resulting in coldness of the limbs a…
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  • Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan (Liver Disease Recovery Pills) - Irritibility or easily prone to outburts or anger. Liver d…
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  • Gui Pi Wan (Restore the Spleen Formula) - The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart whi…
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  • Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan (Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi) - Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to col…
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  • Jiang Tang Wan (Lower Blood Sugar Pill) - Nourish the yin and tonify qi with particular emphasis on d…
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  • Jian Pi Wan (Strengthen Spleen Pills) - For stomach and spleen qi deficiency with dampness that has…
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  • Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan (Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction) - A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - simi…
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  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer Pills) - Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important f…
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  • Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan (Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi) - Please note that there are two formulas with the same name …
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  • Qi Xue Da Bu Wan (Nourish Qi & Blood Pills) - Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold. Low…
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  • Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi) - Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calm…
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  • Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan (Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills) - Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp ac…
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  • Shi Quan Da Bu Wan (Ten Tonics Nourishment Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Si Jun Zi Tang Wan (Four Gentlemen Teapills) - General qi tonification formula - weak extremities, lassi…
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  • Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan (Important Pills for Painful Diarrhea / Calm Wind Pills) - Diarrhea, particularly with abdominal cramping. Diarrhea w…
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  • Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan (Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills) - Coming Soon...
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  • Wu Ling San Wan (Five-Ingredient Powder with Poria) - Generally used, often in conjunction with other formulas, a…
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  • Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan (Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills) - A modified version of the base, zhi zhu wan, which is used …
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  • Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan (Aucklandia Amomi Nurture Stomach Pills) - Low appetite, apathy towards eating due to spleen qi defici…
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  • Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer) - Depression, anxiety, loss of motivation - resulting from li…
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  • Yi Gan Wan (Restrain The Liver Powder) - Anxiety, palpitations, easily frightened, alternating fever…
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  • Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Windscreen Formula) - Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immu…
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    As noted above, bai zhu is within the herbs that tonify qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... herbs in this category are generally sweet and rich. they are most often combined with herbs that move and regulate the qi. )".

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