Theory

Gui Zhi Cinnamon Twig - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Gui Zhi Names

  • English Name: Cinnamon Twig
  • Pinyin Name: Gui Zhi

Gui Zhi Image

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Gui Zhi Cautions


    Contraindication Notes:

    • Avoid in wind-heat and/or empty heat conditions
    • Avoid in heat in the blood, particularly w/vomiting


Gui Zhi Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Releases muscle layer and adjusts ying and wei qi levels
  • Useful in wind-cold-damp bi syndromes to warm channels and disperse cold
  • Resolves blood stagnation particularly from cold - dysmenorrhea
  • Unblocks yang qi in the chest - shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations
  • Resolve edema and accumulation of cold phlegm


Gui Zhi Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 3-9g for exterior conditions
  • Dosage: 9-15g for bi syndromes




Gui Zhi Appears In 6 Formulas

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

  • Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula
    • Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility, and insomnia from heat due to liver yang or fire.
    • Mental disorders such as including biopolar and schizophrenia resulting from distrubed shen.
    • This formula is useful for treating symptoms of addiction recovery.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Sedate and Calm the Spirit

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

  • Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet
  • Kidney yang deficiency signs - low back pain, weakness in the legs, knees, low back, low energy, low libido, frequent urination.

    The Pulse will be empty or frail and the Tongue will be pale and swollen with a thin white moist coat.

  • Tonify
  • Warm and Tonify the Yang
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Avoid during a cold or flu, use nothing, or yin qiao / gan mao ling instead.

Wu Mei Wan

  • Mume Fruit Pill
  • Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet. ┬áRoundworms may be observed in vomit.

    Also has a broader application in chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.  Symptoms may be chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain (often that is better w/heat).

    With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.

  • Expel Parasites



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