Pinyin: bai zhu/bai zhu (fu chao)
English Name: Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Latin Name: Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma
Properties: bitter, sweet, warm
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Tonifies Qi, Strengthens Spleen
2. Dries Dampness, Eliminates Water Accumulation
3. Stops Spontaneous Perspiration
5 to 15 grams in decoction.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Bai Zhu is not recommended for sole use in cases of yin deficiency， yin deficiency with heat, and fluid deficiency. It must be combined with appropriate herbs to prevent accentuating deficiency.
• Use of Bai Zhu is contraindicated in cases of qi stagnation characterized by feelings of distention and oppression.