Atractylodes seeds macrocephala BAI ZHU seeds
Medicinal Uses: Anti-bacterial; Diuretic; Sedative; Stomachic; Tonic.
Bai Zhu is widely used in traditional chinese medicine. The root is a bitter-sweet tonic herb that acts mainly upon the digestive system and strengthens the spleen.
The root is antibacterial, diuretic, hypoglycemic, sedative, stomachic and tonic[176, 238]. It is used in the treatment of poor appetite, dyspepsia, abdominal distension, chronic diarrhea, edema and spontaneous sweating. It is often used in conjunction with other herbs such as Codonopsis tangshen and Glycyrrhiza uralensis. Combined with Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) it is used to prevent miscarriage. The roots are harvested in the autumn and baked for use in tonics.