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Cang Zhu #1218M

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Pin Ying Name: Cang Zhu

Chinese Name: 蒼朮

English Name: Black Atractylodes

Latin Name: Atractylodis, Rhizoma

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Aromatic Herbs That Transform Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Actions & Indications
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage

Strongly dries Dampness and tonifies the Spleen

  • Dampness Obstructing the Middle Jiao and blocking transformative and transportive functions of the Spleen with anorexia, diarrhea, epigastric distention and pressure, fatigue, nausea and vomiting and a thick, greasy tongue coat

Induces sweating and expels Wind-Dampness

  • Wind-Cold Dampness and Wind-Dampness with chills and fever, headache, body aches and nasal congestion
  • Painful extremities due to Wind-Damp Bi

Clears Dampness from the Lower Jiao

  • Damp-Heat Pouring Downward with Leg Qi, some forms of atrophy disorders, vaginal discharge, swollen, sore joints

Improves vision

  • Night blindness and diminished vision with a rough sensation in the eyes
  • Contraindicated in excessive sweat due to Qi Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated in Yin Deficiency with Interior Heat with dry clumped stools.
  • Caution with loose, watery stools.
  • Older sources say do not mix with peach, watermelon, honeydew melon or pheasant meat.