Ingredient Spotlight

Atractylodes / Bai Zhu

Why we love it

Atractylodes are a powerful hormone balancer, proven to fight inflammation and ease a wide range of menstrual symptoms.

Helps with:

  • Fatigue

  • Diarrhea

  • Bloating

  • Sweating

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How it heals

In Chinese Medicine, Atractylodes supplements the spleen and tonifies qi. It also dries dampness, promotes water metabolism throughout the body, and stops spontaneous sweating due to qi deficiency. 

In Western medicine, Atractylodes has antibacterial, anti-ulcer, diuretic, and metabolic properties. It’s been proven to boost immune function, relieve stress, protect the liver, and regulate blood sugar.

Fun fact: Atractylodes is a member of the sunflower or Asteraceae family. They are named for the star-like structure of the flowering portion of the plant (but we use the root in Chinese medicine). 

How we use it

“Atractylodes is so commonly used and well-regarded that its importance is commonly compared to that of ginseng. It is frequently used for anything from digestion, to stress, to immunity.”

- Lulu Ge, co-founder

What the research says

In a clinical study conducted on mice, Atractylodes exhibited anti-inflammatory agents in acute and chronic inflammation.
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Both Atracyltlenolide I and Atractylenolide III are components of Bai Zhu and inhibit TNF-alpha and Nitric oxide production in lipopolysaccharide-induced macrophages.
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In a mouse model of PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome), Atractylodes’s methanol extract regulates gonadal hormone production and alleviates hyperandrogenism.
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The extract of Atractylodes inhibits pregnant uterine muscle contraction by enhancing the calcium activated potassium currents, suggesting that Atractylodes can help maintain the balance of uterine contractions during premature delivery.
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