Overview

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

Atractylodes is used for obesity, indigestion, stomach ache, bloating, fluid retention, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sweating, night blindness, weight loss due to cancer, allergies to dust mites, and joint pain (rheumatism). It is also used for colds, flu, and fever.

Atractylodes is used with other herbs in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treating lung cancer and for treating complications of dialysis, a mechanical method for "cleaning the blood" when the kidneys have failed.

How does it work ?

Chemicals in atractylodes might improve the function of the digestive tract and reduce pain and swelling (inflammation). Some chemicals might also prevent cancer cells from growing.

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