Gui Zhi Tang (Cinnamon Twig Decoction)
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Gui Zhi Tang (Cinnamon Twig Decoction)

Formula 5 of 25 in Formulas that Release the Exterior

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Sub-Category:

  • Formulas that Release Early-Stage Exterior Disorders

Pattern:

  • Exterior Wind-Cold from Deficiency

Actions:

  • Harmonizes the Ying and Wei Qi, releases the muscle layer

Indications:

  • Deficient Wind Cold condition, chills and fever that are not alleviated by sweating, stiff neck, headache, aversion to wind

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Thin white tongue coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Floating and Moderate
  • Frail pulse

Western Uses:

  • Common Cold
  • Influenza
  • Postpartum Care
  • Morning Sickness
  • Skin Diseases such as Frostbite, Eczema, and Tinea

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Not for exterior excess Wind Cold patterns or Wind Heat patterns
  • Not for damp heat or internal heat patterns.
  • Do not use while consuming alcohol.

Originally Appeared In:

  • On Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

Notes:

  • This formula is best used when there is sweating with an exterior cold condition, the Wei (protective) Qi is unable to protect the exterior and the Ying (nutritive) Qi can not nurture the interior.

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Lungs, Heart, Bladder, Spleen, Liver, Stomach

There are 5 Substances in this Chinese Medicne

Gui Zhi (Qty: 9 grams)

Warm Gui Zhi (Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae)
Channels:
HT, LU, BL
Properties:
Spicy, Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae
Chinese:
桂枝
Tone Marks:
guì zhī

Bai Shao (Qty: 9 grams)

Cool Bai Shao (Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae)
Channels:
LIV, SP
Properties:
Bitter, Sour, Cool
Latin:
Radix Albus Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Chinese:
白芍
Tone Marks:
bái sháo
Alt Names:
Bai Shao Yao
Translation:
White Peony

Sheng Jiang (Qty: 9 grams)

Warm Sheng Jiang (uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis)
Channels:
LU, SP, ST
Properties:
Spicy, Warm
Latin:
uncooked Rhizoma Zingiberis
Chinese:
生姜
Tone Marks:
shēng jiāng

Da Zao (Qty: 5-12 pieces)

Warm Da Zao (Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae)
Channels:
SP, ST
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Fructus Zizyphi Jujubae
Chinese:
大枣
Tone Marks:
dà zăo
Alt Names:
Hong Zao, Hei Da Zao, Hei Zao
Translation:
Big Date

Zhi Gan Cao (Qty: 6 grams)

Warm Zhi Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae)
Channels:
All 12 Channels
Properties:
Sweet, Warm
Latin:
Radix Glycyrrhizae
Chinese:
炙甘草
Tone Marks:
zhì gān căo

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