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
Atractylodes is used with other herbs in
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treating lung cancer (ninjin-yoei-to)
and complications of dialysis, a mechanical method for “cleaning the blood”
when the kidneys have failed (shenling baizhu san).
How does it work?
Chemicals in atractylodes might improve function of the digestive tract and reduce pain and swelling (inflammation).
Effectiveness/Insufficient Evidence for
appetite. Developing research shows that taking a
purified atractylodes ingredient called atractylenolide seems to improve
appetite in people who have lost weight due to stomach cancer.
evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of atractylodes for these uses.
chemical found in atractylodes, seems to be safe when taken in appropriate
amounts (1.32 grams daily) for a short period of time (up to seven weeks). It
can cause nausea, dry mouth, and leave a bad taste in the mouth.
There isn't enough
information to know if other atractylodes products are safe.
Special Precautions &
breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of atractylodes during
pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Allergy to ragweed and
related plants: Atractylodes may cause an allergic reaction in people who are
sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include
ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have
allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking