– Atractylodes is a genus in the sunflower family.
– native to eastern asia
– Cāng zhú (苍术 or 蒼术 or 蒼朮), also known as black atractylodes rhizome or Rhizoma Atractylodes, is a Chinese herbal medicine.
– It is the dried rhizome of Atractylodes lancea (Thunb.) DC., Atractylodes chinensis (DC.) Koidz, or certain other local species including Atractylodes japonica Koidz. (One study suggested that A. chinensis is a subspecies of A. lancea, and A. chinensis var. liaotungensis is a subspecies of A. coreana)
– The medicine is distinguished from bái zhú (白术 or 白朮, white atractylodes rhizome from Atractylodes macrocephala), which is typically cultivated, whereas cāng zhú more often tends to be collected from the wild.
– It is believed that the distinction between cāng zhú and bái zhú emerged in relatively modern times; a single drug “zhú” described in the Shen nong ben cao jing probably included many Atractylodes species.
– overcome moisture accumulation (damp impediment) and to promote digestion (disperse food).
– Both baizhu and cangzhu strengthen the spleen and eliminate dampness. The former is sweet, bitter, and mild, and
acts mainly to nourish the spleen and check perspiration;
– the latter is acrid, bitter, dry, and strong and acts mainly to dry dampness and induce perspiration.
– Therefore, baizhu is often used for spleen deficiency or deficiency of the defensive qi with spontaneous sweating, while cangzhu is usually applied for excess syndromes with dampness retained in the middle burner or exterior syndromes complicated by dampness.
– Now modern researches show that it, fight ulcer, protect liver, improve immune system, relieve stress, enhance hematopoietic function, ss
– fight oxidation, slow down aging, regulate blood sugar level .
– Increase production of white blood cells, inhibits growth of cancer cell and promotes phagocylosis
Cure Dead muscles and tetany refer to paralysis of the muscles either by flaccidity (no ability to contract on will) or tonic paralysis (being in constant spasm).
– Treat Jaundice indicates yellowing of the skin, which we know today is usually from hepatitis or biliary blockage; but, in traditional medicine, this was seen as a debility of the spleen, which is the organ of the earth element associated with the color yellow.
– Zhu would help stop sweating by diverting the fluid to urination and by strengthening the body to resist spontaneous sweating (a sign of weak qi unable to hold the pores closed).
– One of the indicators for using atractylodes in a diuretic formulation is that there is limited urinary elimination but excessive sweating.
– Although zhu is warm in nature, it was used to eliminate heat by purging dampness that carried out heat with it.
– Atractylodes supplements, while hoelen percolates; atractylodes dries, while hoelen disinhibits urination; when these two medicinals are combined together, they reinforce each other.” The combination is said to be useful for:
– Edema due to accumulation of dampness in turn caused by spleen deficiency; fatigue, weakness of the limbs, lack of appetite, loose stools, and
– diarrhea caused by spleen deficiency with accumulation of dampness; vertigo, blurred vision, and/or heart
– palpitations due to spleen dampness; and
– chronic cough due to phlegm dampness and spleen deficiency.