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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Atractylodes

Part of A Practical Guide to Herbal Therapies for People Living With HIV

2004

Atractylodes
Baizhu is the Chinese name for the root of the plant Atractylodes macrocephala and is almost always used in combination with other herbs. Atractylodes is a common component of immune therapies and a major part of several formulas used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat digestive disorders like diarrhea, gas and bloating. In Chinese studies, formulas containing Atractylodes were shown to improve survival times for people with stomach cancer when used in combination with chemotherapy. These formulas also increase cell-mediated immunity in mice.

HIV-positive people use Atractylodes to help increase body weight and muscle strength, reduce diarrhea and enhance immune function. Atractylodes may reduce platelet function so it may be dangerous to use if your platelets are low or if you're having problems with nose bleeds or heavy menstrual bleeding. Otherwise, it should be used as part of a traditional Chinese medicine formula and not as an single herb.





  
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