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Bai Zhu

Posted by: admin on Feb 23, 2008 - 06:20 PM
Tonify Deficiencies

1 TASTE
Bitter, sweet and warm


2 MERIDIANS
Spleen and stomach


3 FUNCTIONS
1. To replenish qi and strengthen the spleen; 2. To resolve dampness and promote water metabolism; 3. To stop sweating and calm the fetus


4 INDICATIONS
1. Weakness of the spleen in transportation and transformation of water manifested as poor appetite, loose stool, lassitude and epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness. White atractylodes (Bai Zhu) is used with Ginseng (Ren Shen) and Poria (Fu Ling) in the formula Sijunzi Tang.2. Deficiency and cold in the spleen and stomach manifested as cold sensation and pain in the epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness. White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Dried ginger (Gan Jiang) and Ginseng (Renshen) in the formula Lizhng Wan.3. Qi stagnation due to weakness of the spleen and stomach manifested s epigastric and abdominal fullness. White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Immature bitter orgae (Zhishi (BL52)) in the formula Zhi Zhu Wan.4. Internal accumulation of water and dampness due to dysfunction of the spleen and stomach accompanied by edema or phlegm-fluid syndrome: a) for edema and ascites, White atractylode (Baizhu) is used with Areca nut shell (Da Fu Pi) and Poria (Fuling); b) for phlegm-damp syndrome manifested as palpitation, asthma, cough with excessive sputum and stifling sensation in the chest, White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Cinnamon twigs (Gui Zhi) and Poria (Fuling) in the formula Ling Gui Zhu Gan Tang.5. Spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency. White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Astragalus root (Huang Qi) and Ledebouriella (Fang Feng) in the formula Yupingfeng San.6. Restlessness of fetus due to weakness of qi of the spleen during pregnancy: a) if accompanying manifestations include vaginal bleeding and pain in the lower abdomen, White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Ginseng (Renshen) and Poria (Fuling); b) if accompanying manifestations include dizziness, vertigo and palpitations, White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Prepared rehmannia root (Shudiuang), Chinese angelica root (Dang Gui), White peony rot (Bai Shao) and Donkey hide gelatin (E Jiao); C) if accompanying manifestations include soreness and pain of the lumbar region due to deficiency of the kidneys, White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Eucommia bark (Du Zhong), Teasel root (Xu Duan) and Mulberry mistletoe (Sang Ji Sheng); d) if accmopanying manifestations include distention and fullness in the chest and used with Perilla stem (Sugeng) and Amomum fruit (Sha Ren); e) if accompanying manifestations include red tongue proper with yellow coating and rapid pulse due to internal heat, White atractylodes (Baizhu) is used with Scutellaria root (Huang Qin).


5 DOSAGE
5-15 g


6 COUTIONS
The raw herbs is used for resolving dampness and promoting water metabolism. The fried herb is used for replenishing qi and strengthening the spleen. The carbonized herb is used for tonifying the spleen and stopping Diarrhea. White atractylodes (Baizhu) is contraindicated in cases thirst accompanied exhaustion of body fluids.


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