Largehead Atractylodes Rhizome
Atractylodes is used for indigestion, stomachache, bloating, fluid retention, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss due to cancer, allergies to dust mites, and joint pain (rheumatism). It has scientifically proven antioxidant benefits. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6268131/
Rhizoma Atractylodes macrocephala has effective antioxidant ability which may be responsible for its various pharmacological effects. It exerts its antioxidant effect through metal-chelation and radical-scavenging actions which occur via donation of hydrogen atoms (H•) and electrons (e). Its metal-chelation may result from its flavonoids, while its radical-scavenging is attributed to the presence of phenolic acids, especially caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and protocatechuic acid.
This dried herb tastes bitter/sweet, and is warming. It enters the spleen meridian and stomach meridian. Indications: To invigorate the spleen, benefit the stomach, dry dampness, harmonize digestion, and relieve fetus aggitation. It is said to “Cure weak spleen and stomach, poor appetite, fatigue, lack of qi vital energy, swelling, diarrhea, phlegm, edema, jaundice, dampness i.e., swelling and water retention, dysuria, dizziness, spontaneous sweating, uneasy fetus.”
Cautions: The herb should be avoided by people with yin deficiency, fever, dryness and thirst, qi stagnation and swelling, rib and chest pain, jaundice.
- Atractylodes barley porridge
30 grams of Atractylodes macrocephala, 50 grams of white rice, 50 grams of coix seed, appropriate amount of sugar.
First, fry Atractylodes macrocephala to remove the residue, then add the rice to boil into porridge, eat it in the morning and evening.
Efficacy: It can invigorate the spleen, dispel dampness, improve appetite and eliminate food stagnation i.e., abdominal pain and bloating.
- Largehead Atractylodes Cake
250 grams of red jujube, 60 grams of chicken's Gizzard-membrane, 120 grams of raw Atractylodes macrocephala, 60 grams of dried ginger powder.
Wash the chicken's Gizzard-membrane and Atractylodes macrocephala. Dry the sliced herb with a slow fire, and grind it into powder. Add dried ginger powder and jujube then pound it like a mash, make into a small cake, put it in the oven and bake it, and then enjoy
Efficacy: It can nourish the spleen and warm the middle, invigorate the stomach and eliminate food stagnation; it is suitable for peptic ulcer disease without bleeding.