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Herb Spotlight - White Atractylodes 白术

Known for its ability to rapidly build and invigorate the body’s Yang Qi, White Atractylodes encourages muscle growth, strength and power and is held in the same high regard as Astragalus and Codonopsis

White Atractylodes 白术
Botanical Name: Atractylodes macrocephala.
Plant Family: Compositae.
Chinese Name/s:  Bai Zhu,  白术.
Organ/s & Meridian/s: Spleen, Stomach.
Energetics: Warm.
Treasure/s: Qi
Taste/s: Bitter and Sweet.
Part/s Used Medicinally: Root.
Key Herbal Actions: Tonifies the Spleen, supports Qi,
dries Damp, promotes water metabolism, reduces sweating.

 

As a Qi tonic, White Atractylodes is held in the same high regard as Astragalus and Codonopsis. Known for its ability to rapidly build and invigorate the body’s Yang Qi, White Atractylodes encourages muscle growth, strength and power. 

 

White Atractylodes influence on Yang Qi increases digestive power, aiding nutrient assimilation. In a more folky context, the herb is said to increase the fire under the stomach, an action that supports the stomach’s “cooking” process, this allows the body to harvest a larger yield of Qi from the food that is consumed.

 

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Traditionally, White Atractylodes is used in combination with other Qi tonics, to help regulate the appetite, increasing it in those who are weak and reducing it in those who are overeating. This function is associated with the proper function of the Spleen Qi. It is used in many formulas where Dampness in the Spleen needs resolution.

 

A condition that is very common in the West due to poor/inappropriate diet and weak digestion. As such this will be one of the primary benefits experienced by the herb, especially when in combination with poria. 

 

White Atractylodes has a warming action on the middle burner, assisting the dispersion and flow of Qi throughout the body. This helps to clear excess moisture and Fluid from the entire system.

 

White Atractylodes is a herb that works best when synergistically formulated with other tonic herbs, which is why it is formulated into our QI blend.

 

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