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Bai Zhu Granules (Chao) 100 gelcaps 5:1 concentration

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Treasure of the East Bai Zhu Granules (Chao)

Bai Zhu Granules (Chao), also known as Atractylodes Garnules (processed), tonifies the Spleen and augments the Qi, dries dampness, promotes water metabolism, stabilizes the exterior and stops sweating.

BrandTreasure of the East Single Herb Extract Granules
English nameAtractylodes Granules (processed)
Unit Size100 gelatin capsules (5:1 extract granules)
Serving SizeAs directed
TasteBitter, Sweet
Chinese SymptomologyDiarrhea; Fatigue; Sallow complexion; Lack of appetite; Edema and reduced urination; Spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency; Restless fetus disorder
ActionsTonifies the Spleen and augments the qi; Dries dampness and promotes water metabolism; Stabilizes the exterior and stops sweating
PatternSpleen or Stomach deficiency; Accumulation of fluids afffecting digestion as well as edema and reduced urination due to Spleen deficiency and its failure to transform and transport; Spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency; Restless fetus disorder
BranchSpleen, Stomach
IngredientsBai Zhu (Chao) - Atractylodes, processed

The sweet warmth of Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma (bai zhu) tonifies the Spleen earth, its bitterness dries dampness, and its aromatic quality supports the transportative and transformative functions of the Spleen. It is therefore an essential herb for tonifying the Spleen and Stomach when dampness obstructs the middle burner. Seeking Accuracy in the Materica Medica observes: "Its nature is very warm, so that taking it strengthens the Spleen and digestion - it is the most important medicinal for tonifying the Spleen organ. Each organ has [both] yin and yang, Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma (bai zhu) tonifies the Spleen yang, so it tonifies the qi. In pouch of Pearls, Zhang Yuan-Su gives perhaps the best summation of its actions: "[It] expels dampness to augment the qi, harmonizes the middle to tonify the yang, reduces illness, drives out water, generates fluids to alleviate thirst, stops diarrhea and dysenteric disorders, and reduces swelling of the legs and calves due to dampness." The reference to its ability to generate fluids is drawn from the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica and seems puzzling, but Hidden Aspects of Materia Medica explains: "Since Atractylodes macrocephalae Rhizoma (bai Zhu) is drying, how can the [Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica say that it generates fluids? It is because the Spleen is averse to dampness. Once Spleen dampness prevails, the qi is unable to transform: from where might fluids be generated? Thus it is said: the Bladder is the dwelling of the yin fluids and yang fluids, from which they exit [by virtue of] qi transformation. [This function of qi transformation explains] the present usage of Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma (bai Zhu) to dry dampness and allow the qi to circulate, so that the fluids, following qi transformation, might be generated." This may also explain a modern usage of this herb in which a large dose of Atractylodis macrocephalae Rhizoma (bai zhu), either by itself or combined with Rehmanniae Radix (sheng di huang) and Cimicifugae Rhizoma (sheng ma), is used to immprove the transportive function of the Spleen in the treatment of constipation, by unblocking the bowels. The Serving Size for this purpose is 60-120g. This herb has other notable qualities: it halts spontaneous sweating, and calms the fetus in pregnancy. Most materia medica texts agree that the spontanuous sweating referred to here is the result of dampness obstructing the flesh and preventing the harmonious interaction of the nutritive and protective qi; the interstices and pores then become disordered, and sweating occurs randomly. This herb clears earth dampness - the earth includes the muscles and flesh - and thereby restores harmony and halts the sweating. - -Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.

Concentrated powders of natural herbal products tend to absorb moisture from the air. Hence, it is necessary for the manufacturer to add a suitable amount of excipient to stabilize the concentrated herbal products. Non-GMO starch which contains maltodextrin, are used as excipients.