Cang Zhu (Black Atractylodes Rhizone)
Herb 2 of 8 in Aromatic Herbs that Transform and Dissolve Dampness
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Chinese Herb Actions
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.
Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions
- Use with caution in cases with Yin Deficient heat or in cases with spontaneous or excess sweating due to Wei Qi Deficiency.
- May interfere with Anti-Diabetic drugs.
Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose
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Chinese Herb Dosage
- 5-10 grams
This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:
- Er Miao San (Two Marvel Decoction)
Category: Formulas that Clear Damp-Heat
- Jiu Wei Qiang Huo Tang (Nine Herb Decoction with Notopterygium)
Category: Formulas that Release Exterior Cold
- Ping Wei San (Calm the Stomach Powder)
Category: Formulas that Transform Damp Turbidity
- Wan Dai Tang (End Discharge Decoction)
Category: Formulas that Stabilize the Womb
- Wu Ji San (Five Accumulation Powder)
Category: Formulas that Release Exterior-Interior Excess
- Xiao Feng San (Eliminate Wind Powder from True Lineage)
Category: Formulas that Release Wind from the Skin and Channels
- Yue Ju Wan (Escape Restraint Pill)
Category: Formulas that Promote the Movement of Qi