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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 24 Formulas

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
    • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident
    • For frequent heavy menstrual cycles
    • Pale complexion, fatigue, dizziness from qi deficiency
    • Vertigo, palpitations, anxiety from blood deficiency
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
  • Do not confuse with Ba Zheng Wan

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

  • Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination
    • Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp with liver qi stagnation causing rebellious qi.
    • Dizziness, migraines, and vertigo from damp and liver wind rising.
    • Heavy or oppressed sensation of the chest.
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind
  • Cautions
  • This formula should not be used to treat dizziness or vertigo due to liver yang rising patterns.

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

  • Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula
    • Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or diarrhea due to spleen yang deficiency.
    • Spontaneous or easy sweating, general fatigue, changes in appetite due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Pale complexion and preference for warm food or drinks due to spleen yang and qi deficiency.
    • Shortness of breath and noticable lack of desire to speak may present if both spleen and stomach qi are weak.
    • This formula is also commonly used for prolasped organs.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for yin deficient patients.

Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan

  • Ledebouriella Pills to Sagely Unblock
    • High fever with aversion to cold.
    • Thick phlemg that may be both in sinus and chest.
    • Vertigo or dizziness that is caused by excess heat.
    • Rashes, carbuncles, and other types of skin disorders that are caused by heat.
    • Constipation and scanty or dark urine.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior-Interior Excess
  • Cautions
    • Contraindicated for pregnancy.
    • Use with caution for patients presenting with loose stools or diarrhea.

Fu Zi Li Zhong Wan

  • Aconite Regulate Middle Pills
    • Spleen yang deficiency resulting in coldness of the limbs and/or interior, borborygmus, and possible loose stools or diarrhea.
    • Feeling full even with small amounts of food, bloating, epigastric/abdominal pain, possible decrease in appetite.
    • Vomitting and nausea especially if it occurs shortly after eating.
  • Warm Interior Cold
  • Warm the Middle and Dispel Cold

Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

  • Liver Disease Recovery Pills
    • Irritibility or easily prone to outburts or anger.
    • Liver disease such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver.
    • Jaundice - yellowing of the skin, brittle nails, pale complexion.
  • Regulate the Qi
  • Promote the Movement of Qi
  • Cautions
    • Ovoid foods and drugs that tax the liver such as coffee, alcohol, fried foods, etc.
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.

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.  
    • 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.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan

  • Agastache Powder to Correct the Qi
    • Acute flu or cold symptoms including fever, aversion to cold, headaches, sinus pressure, runny nose.
    • Vomitting and diarrhea from interior damp with possible abdominal cramps or pains.
  • Expel Dampness
  • Transform Damp Turbidity
  • Cautions
    • Not suitable for patients that present with yin and/or blood deficiency. 

Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan

  • Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction
    • A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - similar effects but with more spleen qi and blood tonification.
    • A range of stress related issues - essentially mixes of stagnation with underlying deficiencies.
    • Potential uses with immune / idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and other bruising/bleeding issues with appropriate diagnostic factors.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer Pills
    • Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important formula for liver qi stagnation with herbs added to clear heat.
    • Liver qi stagnation - menstrual issues, painful cycles, irregular cycles, breast distention, PMS, acne.
    • A range of mild to moderate psychological issues arising from liver qi stagnation such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, insomnia, anger issues, etc.
    • Physical symptoms from liver qi stagnation such as headaches, tightness in the chest, cold hands and feet, various eye issues.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Jian Pi Wan

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

  • Nourish Qi & Blood Pills
    • Fatigue, lethargy, sensation of feeling heavy or cold.
    • Low appetite, bloating, borborygmus, loose bowels.
    • Impotence, infertility, low libedo.
    • Insomnia, night sweats, vivid dreams, nightmares.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan

  • Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi
    • Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions.  One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one discussed here) is from Li's Pi Wei Lun (Discussion of the Spleen and Stomach) and tonifies the spleen more strongly.  Both have similar usages but are not directly interchangeable.  
    • Clears summerheat and dries dampness - summer colds and flus, heatstroke - fever, fatigue, excessive sweating with loose stools and heaviness in the body.
    • Along with respiratory infections in the right cases certain types of asthma may be appropriate for this formula.
    • Dampheat related inflammatory condtions such as Colitis are approprirate with the right underlying factors.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with symptoms of spleen deficiency and heat.
    • Wtih the right underlying factors the range of perimenopausal symptoms may be appropriate - low libido, fatigue, water retention, fibroids, heavy cycles.  Where this appear with spleen qi deficiency signs and kidney weakness, this formula may be appropriate.
  • Clear Heat
  • Relieve Summerheat

Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan

  • Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi
    • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
    • Anemia.
    • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
    • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
    • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
    • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
    • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
    • Lung cancer.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

  • Ginseng, Poria & Atractylodes Pills
    • Diarrhea, loose stools, or mucus/greasy stools from damp accumulation in the spleen/stomach.
    • Borborygmus, low appetite, fatigue, and/or pale complexion resulting from spleen qi deficiency.
    • Colitis, IBS, gastritis, and other types of gastro intenstinal disorders where the predominant TCM pattern is spleen qi deficiency and damp accumulation.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution with patients that present with yin deficiency. 

Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

Tong Xie Yao Fang Wan

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

  • Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills
    • A modified version of the base, zhi zhu wan, which is used to treat qi stagnation and food retention from qi deficiency.  This modification includes herbs which add more movement and damp drying.
    • Distention and fullness in the epigastric area - bloating, indigestion, gastritis, gastric prolapse.
    • Poor appetite (from Spleen Qi Deficiency), anorexia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid raw and cold food when taking this formula (and generally for Spleen Qi Deficiency).

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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