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Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan (Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill)

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  • Formulas that Invigorate the Blood and Dispel Blood Stasis


  • Invigorates the blood and transforms blood stagnation
  • Regulates the menses and reduces lower abdominal lumps and masses that are fixed in nature.


  • Blood stagnation in the Uterus: Fixed lumps or masses in the lower abdomen with pain and tenderness, especially with pressure Dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, uterine fibroids, and postpartum retention of the lochia.
  • Blood stagnation in the uterus during pregnancy: Persistent but mild uterine bleeding during pregnancy with purple or dark blood. Abdominal pain and spasms, abdominal tension and tenderness, and restless fetus syndrome.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Purple tongue body with dark or purple spots on the sides

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Choppy pulse, possibly wiry, and slippery when pregnant

Western Uses:

  • Endometritis
  • Adnexitis (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
  • Hysteromyoma
  • Ovarian Cyst
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Infertility
  • Post Partum Bleeding
  • Retention of Lochia
  • Irregular Menstruation

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Use with extreme caution during pregnancy, only after confirming diagnosis

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Bai Shao or Chi Shao can be used depending on the nature of the condition.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin Gui Yao Lue)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Heart, Bladder, Spleen, Liver, Kidneys, Large Intestine, Stomach

Substances in this Formula (5 Total):

Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig, Cassia Twig) 桂枝
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: HT, LU, BL
Prop: Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Cat: Warm, Spicy Herbs that Release the Exterior
Fu Ling (Scierotium Poriae Cocos)
Fu Ling (Sclerotium of Tuckahoe, China Root, Poria, Hoelen) 茯苓
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: HT, SP, LU
Prop: Sweet, Bland, Neutral
Latin: Scierotium Poriae Cocos
Cat: Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness
Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Bai Shao (White Peony Root) 白芍
Qty: 9-15 grams
Chan: LIV, SP
Prop: Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin: Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Cat: Herbs that Tonify Blood
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Radicis Moutan)
Mu Dan Pi (Cortex of the Peony Tree Root) 牡丹皮
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, KI
Prop: Spicy, Bitter, Cool
Latin: Cortex Radicis Moutan
Cat: Herbs that Cool the Blood
Tao Ren (Semen Pruni Persicae)
Tao Ren (Peach Kernel) 桃仁
Qty: 9-12 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Sweet, Neutral
Latin: Semen Pruni Persicae
Cat: Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation
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