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ATRACTYLODES

Other Names:

AMK, ATR, Atractylenolide, Atractylénolide, Atractylis lancea, Atractylis ovata, Atractylode Blanc, Atractylode Gris, Atractylodes chinensis, Atractylodes japonica, Atractylodes lancea, Atractylodes macrocephala, Atractylodes ovata, Atractylodis...
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ATRACTYLODES Overview
ATRACTYLODES Uses
ATRACTYLODES Side Effects
ATRACTYLODES Interactions
ATRACTYLODES Dosing
ATRACTYLODES Overview Information

Atractylodes is a plant. People use the root to make medicine.

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 (rheumatism).

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).

ATRACTYLODES Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Loss of 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.
  • Joint pain (rheumatism).
  • Indigestion.
  • Stomachache.
  • Bloating.
  • Edema.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of atractylodes for these uses.


ATRACTYLODES Side Effects & Safety

Atractylenolide, a 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 & Warnings:

Pregnancy and 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 atractylodes.

ATRACTYLODES Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for ATRACTYLODES Interactions

ATRACTYLODES Dosing

The appropriate dose of atractylodes depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for atractylodes. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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