White Atractylodes Rhizome As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


White atractylodes (Chinese: Bar Zhu, 白术) is a major and widely used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). White atractylodes is indigenous to China and has a thin, wooden stem and large, serrated leaves. The rhizome can be used in medication. It is believed that white atractylodes can strengthen the spleen and prevent miscarriage, it is also an effective antiperspirant.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, warm-natured, non-toxic,


White atractylodes functions by influencing the spleen and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered white atractylodes rhizome can be taken with water to relieve chest distress and also stop excessive sweating.

Powdered white atractylodes rhizome can be taken with wine to remedy skin rash.

Pills made with white atractylodes rhizome, dried ginger, cinnamon and honey can be used to cope with a weak digestive system or diarrhea.

A decoction of white atractylodes rhizome and red dates can be a therapy for edema (swelling caused by fluid retention).

A mixture of white atractylodes rhizome, distiller’s yeast and wine can be processed into pills for oral taking to remedy taste disorder.

A decoction of white atractylodes rhizome and wine can be used to treat rheumatic pain.

A decoction of medical ingredients including white atractylodes rhizome, white poria, white paeony root, ginger and licorice root can be used as a treatment for loss of appetite in babies.

A decoction of white atractylodes rhizome, fresh ginger and wine can be taken to help with nausea and postpartum vomiting.

Powdered white atractylodes rhizome, cooked sticky rice and red dates can be taken internally to deal with chronic diarrhea.

Pills made from white atractylodes rhizome, dried rehmannia root and wine can be used in treating chronic rectal prolapse and anal fistula.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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