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Atractylodes macrocephala (Bai Zhu)
Actions: Indications: traditionally used as a tonic, building qi and strengthening the spleen. It is a powerful diuretic, relieving excessive sweating, as well as diarrhea and vomiting. It is used to prevent miscarriage. It is sweet and pungent. Preparation and dosage: Tincture: take 1 teaspoon, 3 x daily. Capsules: take 2 caps, 3 x daily. Tea: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonsful of the herb into 1 cup boiling water. Simmer 20 minutes. Drink 3 x daily..