Bai Zhu (Atractylodes (White) Rhizome) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • English Name:  Atractylodes (White) Rhizome
  • Pinyin Name:  Bai Zhu
  • 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.
Functional Grouping (See All)
  • Herbs That Tonify Qi

  • Dosage and Preparation Notes
    • Dosage: 4.5-9g
    • Use raw for dampness, dry-fry for tonification
    Channels/Meridians Influenced (See All)

     ◦ Spleen ◦ Stomach

    Associated Temperature and Taste (See All)

     ◦ Warm (Wen) ◦ Bitter (Ku) ◦ Sweet (Gan)



    Herbal Formulas Which Include Bai Zhu

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas which contain Bai Zhu (in alphabetical order). You May click on the name of the formula for more details or click on any of the products from our store to read usage information or to purchase a particular formula.

    TCM FormulaClinical Functions
    Ba Zhen Wan

    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.

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    • Ba Zhen Pian - Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Weakness Herbal Formula
    Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

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    Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

    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.

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    Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

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    Fang Ji Huang Qi Wan

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    Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

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    Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

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    Gui Pi Wan

    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.

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    Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

    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.

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    Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

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    Jian Pi Wan

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    Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

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    Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

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    Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

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    Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

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    Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

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    Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

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    Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

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    Xiao Yao Wan

    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.

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    • Xiao Yao Pian
    • Ease Tonic (concentrated capsules of xiao yao wan, easier to take over longer periods of time)
    • Jia Wei Xiao Yao Pian (modified version with the addition of heat clearing herbs, better for issues listed above along with skin issues such as eczema or dermatitis and/or stronger headaches, flushed face, etc.)
    Yu Ping Feng Wan

    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.

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    Related Conditions:

     ◦ Diarrhea ◦ Fatigue ◦ Vomiting ◦ Edema

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