Atractylodes  (Bai Zhu)

Latin:  Atractylodes macrocephala

Family:    Asteraceae

Parts Used:   Rhizome

Taste/Energetics:  Bitter, sweet, warming

Properties:  Stomachic, digestive tonic, diuretic, diuretic, anxiolytic 

Actions:  Useful for stomach problems such as diarrhea, lack of appetite and helpful for improving poor digestion and assimilation of nutrients from food.  This is especially useful for folks who have depression that relates to poor digestive function.  They feel damp and obstructed in that area with associated swelling and cramping.  They may feel tired and listless from poor absorption.   It has a nice calming effect as well that helps relax the body so that digestion is improved.

Dose:   3-10 grams in decoction/day.  1-3 ml of tincture to 2 x/day.

Contraindications:  Avoid in folks who appear hot, dry, with stomach bloating/abdominal stagnancy.