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Atractylodes Rhizome: Natural Herb for a Womans Health

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Atractylodes Rhizome: An Introduction

The actual perennial herb is derived from the rhizome of the plant Atractylodes lancea.  The plant, Atractylodes lancea, is a tall green flowering plant.  The rhizome is the horizontal stem of the plant, typically located underground with shoots and roots.  The herb is native to Europe and Asia, where it has been used for hundreds of years as a treatment method for a variety of ailments and conditions.  The plant itself prefers shaded areas and moist soil.

Atractylodes Rhizome: History

The first uses of Atractylodes rhizome date back hundreds of years to the ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures.  It was generally utilized as treatment for digestive symptoms, such as nausea and constipation.  It was commonly served with yellow rice in a stir baked fashion.  It has a long history in the overall improvement of general health within the Chinese culture, as it was used to improve overall vitality through improvements of the spleen and stomach as indicated by ancient Chinese medicine.  This vital energy was thought to be responsible for the maintenance and generation of overall health, and hence the Atractylodes rhizome was a popular product.

Atractylodes Rhizome: Description

The Atracylodes rhizome is bitter to taste, with a pungent odor.  It is typically associated with acting on the spleen and digestive system.  It is noted with the property of warmness, and is said to be capable of dispelling the cold in addition to removal of dampness.  The rhizomes are typically disarrayed clumps, gray-brown in color, with a hard texture.

Atractylodes Rhizome: General Use

The Atractylodes rhizome is associated with several general health improvements.  These general health improvements have been developed through correlations of use and non-use, but specific scientific evidence does not exist to support these uses.

  • Lowering overall blood sugar levels
  • Increases poor appetite
  • Strengthening of the spleen
  • Dispelling of cold/dampness
  • Edema
  • Decreases symptoms of nausea
  • Promotes a healthy liver
  • Abortion prevention
  • Vertigo
  • Constipation
  • Arrest of increased perspiration
  • Promotes a healthy digestive system
  • Promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract
  • Controls/prevents bacterial infections

Atractylodes Rhizome: Administration

Currently, Atractylodes rhizome is most commonly associated with administration through oral tablets that contain the substance in addition to other known herbal remedies.  The drying process is mildly complicated, and involves several washings before the drying process begins.  The dried root found in some herbal teas.  It is possible, when used in excessive amounts, to be toxic to the body.

Atractylodes Rhizome and You

Atractylodes rhizome, when used in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, can function to improve your overall health by providing essential vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids that are required by the body for proper functioning.  It is a natural substance that unless otherwise noted has little or no known side effects.  It is still commonly used as a medicinal plant in many developing countries, and is still under current scientific investigation for the exact methods by which this plant exhibits its medicinal qualities.

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