Atractylis orata (Bai Zhu)
Atmospheric energy: warm
Flavor: sweet, bitter
Meridians: Spleen and Stomach
Tonic action: Qi tonic, carminative
Atractylodes is used for strengthening the spleen and digestive metabolism. It is useful for both deficiency of Qi or Yang, with such symptoms as diarrhea, lack of appetite, and edema, and for other dampness conditions, including damp painful obstruction. It can also be used for spontaneous sweating and restless fetus when associated with spleen deficiency.