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Cang Zhu (Black Atractylodes Rhizone)

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Warm Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis)
Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Rhizoma Atractylodis
Tone Marks:
cāng zhú


  • Dries Damp and Strengthens the Spleen
    For Damp obstruction or accumulation in the Middle Jiao with symptoms such as low appetite, abdominal and epigastric distension and fullness, diarrhea or loose stool, nausea and vomiting, a heavy sensation in the body, and a thick greasy tongue coating.
  • Dispels Wind and Damp, Induces Diaphoreses (Sweating), and Releases the Exterior
    For Wind Damp exterior disorders with symptoms such as headaches and body aches, fever, chills, blocked nasal passages, and an absence of sweating.
  • Dries Dampness in the Lower Jiao
    When combined with the appropriate heat clearing herbs, Cang Zhu can be used to treat damp heat conditions such as Damp Leg Qi, aching and swollen joints, and vaginal discharge.
  • Improves the Eyes
    For night blindness or diminished vision.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Use with caution in cases with Yin Deficient heat or in cases with spontaneous or excess sweating due to Wei Qi Deficiency.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • May interfere with Anti-Diabetic drugs.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 5-10 grams

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: