Source: Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis) is the rhizome of Atractylodes lancea (Thunb.) or A. chinensis (DC.) koidz. After harvesting, the medicinal material is sun-dried, then thoroughly steeped in water. It is then cut into pieces and stir-baked prior to use.
Category: Dampness resolving.
Common Name: Atractylodes Rhizome.
Channels Entered: Spleen and Stomach.
- Drying dampness and fortifying the Spleen.
- Induces sweating, and dispels wind-dampness and cold.
- Clears damp from the lower jiao (burner).
- Benefits the eyes.
Indications: Cang Zhu is used for the following clinical indications:
- Reduced appetite, diarrhoea, epigastric distention, fatigue, nausea and vomiting due to damp retention in the middle jiao.
- Chills, fever, head and body aches along with nasal congestion.
- Damp-heat syndrome manifesting as leukorrhoea (vaginal discharge), ulcers, eczema and swollen, sore joints.
- Night blindness or diminished vision.
Cautions and Contra-Indications: Cang Zhu is contra-indicated for internal heat from yin deficiency and profuse sweating from exterior deficiency.