There are no edible uses listed for Atractylodes macrocephala.
There are no material uses listed for Atractylodes macrocephala.
Bai Zhu is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine
. The root is a bitter-sweet tonic herb that acts mainly upon the digestive system and strengthens the spleen
The root is antibacterial, diuretic, hypoglycaemic, sedative, stomachic and tonic
. It is used in the treatment of poor appetite, dyspepsia, abdominal distension, chronic diarrhoea, oedema and spontaneous sweating
. It is often used in conjunction with other herbs such as Codonopsis tangshen and Glycyrrhiza uralensis
. Combined with Baical skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) it is used to prevent miscarriage
. The roots are harvested in the autumn and baked for use in tonics
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the following spring or early summer.
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Succeeds in any well-drained soil in sun or partial shade
This species is probably hardy in most of Britain, it tolerates temperatures down to at least -15°c.
Widely cultivated in China for its use as a medicinal herb.
This species is dioecious. Both male and female plants need to be grown if seed is required
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Polycultures & Guilds
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? 2.02.12.2 Chevallier. A. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Dorling Kindersley. London ISBN 9-780751-303148 (1996-00-00)
? 3.03.13.2 Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
? 4.04.14.2 [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)