Cang Zhu - Chao
Cang Zhu - Chao
|Unit Size||1 pound|
|Dosage||3-9 grams in decoction - Bensky|
|Taste||acrid, bitter - Bensky|
|Properties||Warm - Bensky|
|Contraindications||Contraindicated for internal heat from yin deficiency or where there is profuse sweating from deficiency in the exterior. - Bensky|
|Chinese Symptomology||Reduced appetite, diarrhea, epigastric distention and pressure, fatigue, nausea and vomiting: Chills, fever, headache, bodyaches, nasal congestion; Vaginal discharge, swollen and sore joints: Night Blindness, diminished vision, rough sensation in the eyes - Bensky|
|Actions||Dries dampness, induces sweating, strengthens the Spleen and Stomach, treats atrophy disorders from damp-heat in the lower burner, helps the vision.|
|Pattern||Dampness obstructing the middle burner and blocking the transportive and transformative function of the Spleen; Wind-dampness; Wind-cold-dampness; Damp-heat pouring downward - Bensky|
|Channels Entered||Spleen, Stomach - Bensky|
|Tongue||Thick, greasy tongue coating - Bensky|
Chao Method from Bensky: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
"Rhizome slices are dry-fried with bran until slightly yellow, then the bran is sifted out. ... [This method of] preparation [reduces] the acrid-dispersing properties of the herb."
Dry frying enhances the ability to transform dampness and harmonize the middle. -= Bensky
|Chinese name||Cang Zhu - Chao|
|English name||atractylodes rhizome (Stir-Fried)|
Excerpted from Bensk: Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, 3rd ed.
Cang Zhu (Chao) - Atractylodis Rhizoma praeparata