Atractylodes alba, also known as Bai Zhu and Atractylodis Macrocephalae rhizoma, is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that belongs to the category of tonifying herbs. It is used to strengthen and nourish the body by tonifying the qi, or vital energy, and supplementing the spleen. Bai Zhu is also used to dry dampness and promote water metabolism in the body, as well as to stop sweating. It may also be used to calm a restless fetus in pregnant women.
Atractylodes alba has a bitter and sweet taste and is considered to have a warm temperature. It is contraindicated for use in cases of internal heat from yin deficiency or thirst from exhausted fluids.
The recommended dosage for Atractylodes is 6-15g, depending on the specific condition being treated and the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner. It is important to follow dosage recommendations and to use this herb under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner, as it can interact with certain medications and may have side effects in some individuals.