LATIN NAME: Atractylodes Macrocephala
CHINESE NAME: Bai Zhu
BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Atractylodes Macrocephala is a perennial herbaceous plant 30-50 cm high with a thickened fleshy tuberous rhizome. Leaves are alternate, petiolate, dissected into 3 lanceolate segments, upper ones are lanceolate, entire; at the edge are serrate-dentate. Inflorescences are single baskets. Flowers are small, tubular, white in the lower part and light purple in the upper part. Fruit is seed, almost spherical.
PARTS USED: rhizome, root, inflorescence, leaves, seeds.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: All of the plant parts have a unique and rich chemical composition. Stems and leaves contain ascorbic acid, vitamins P, B, various organic acids. Atractylodes Macrocephala root contains carbohydrates, sucrose, coumarins, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, and more.
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