Herbs & Botanicals
White Atractylodes (bai zhu)
What is white atractylodes? What is it used for?
White atractylodes is one of the most commonly used herbs in traditional
Chinese medicine. An aromatic herb, the plant is indigenous to China and
has a thin, wooden stem and large, serrated leaves. The rhizome is used
White atractylodes' active ingredient is a volatile oil consisting of
various substances, including atractylon, sesquiterpene lactones, acetylenes
White atractylodes has been used to treat physical and mental fatigue,
diarrhea, edema, dizziness and vomiting. It has a long lasting diuretic
effect, and also has the ability to lower blood sugar levels. In traditional
Chinese medicine, white atractylodes is used as a qi tonic, and
to support the functions of the kidney, bladder and digestive system.
How much atractylodes should I take?
Many practitioners recommend taking 10-30 drops of an atractylodes extract
2-3 times per day or as needed.
What forms of atractylodes are available?
White atractylodes is available as a tea, powder, extract or decoction.
What can happen if I take too much white atractylodes?
Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should
White atractylodes has been given a class I safety rating by the American
Herbal Products Association, meaning that it can be consumed safely when
taken in appropriate doses. However, because of its diuretic properties,
it should not be taken by patients who are dehydrated.
As of this writing, there are no known drug interactions with white atractylodes.
As always, make sure to consult with a qualified health care provider
before taking atractylodes or any herbal product or dietary supplement.
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