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Bai Zhu Atractylodes (White) Rhizome - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Bai Zhu Names

  • English Name: Atractylodes (White) Rhizome
  • Pinyin Name: Bai Zhu

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Bai Zhu Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Tonifies the spleen, augments qi, dries dampness - diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, edema.
  • Stabilizes the exterior and stops sweating - spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency.
  • Calms the fetus - arising from spleen deficiency.


Bai Zhu Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 4.5-9g
  • Use raw for dampness, dry-fry for tonification




Bai Zhu Appears In 20 Formulas

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
  • Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

  • Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula
  • For Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency - spontaneous sweating, aversion to cold, desire for warm beverages, shortness of breath, intermittent fever, weak speech/low voice, weak limbs, loose/watery stools.

    The Pulse will be deficient and rootless in the spleen position or simply deficient overall and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi

Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

Gui Pi Wan

  • Restore the Spleen Formula
  • The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle. ¬†General indications are anxiety, phobias, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor appetite, pallid complexion.

    In women spleen and heart deficiencies may lead to prolonged periods with little flow or early periods, heavier with pale blood.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

  • Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi
  • Fever w/chills, chest oppression, abdominal pain, nausea, possibly vomiting and/or diarrhea, loss of taste, headache.

    The Pulse will be soggy and moderate and the Tongue will have a white greasy coating.

  • Expel Dampness
  • Transform Damp Turbidity

Jian Pi Wan

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer
  • Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth. ¬†In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.

  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Yu Ping Feng Wan

  • Jade Windscreen Formula
  • Frequent colds, flus, chronic bronchitis - general low immunity to common infections. Aversions to drafts, spontaneous sweating.

    The Tongue will be pale with a white coat and the Pulse will be floating, deficient and soft.

  • Stabilize and Bind
  • Stabilize the Exterior and the Lungs



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