Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

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

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  • 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
Functional Grouping (See All)
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Cold

  • Dosage and Preparation Notes
    • Dosage: 3-9g for exterior conditions
    • Dosage: 9-15g for bi syndromes
    Channels/Meridians Influenced (See All)

     ◦ Heart ◦ Lung ◦ Urinary Bladder

    Associated Temperature and Taste (See All)

     ◦ Warm (Wen) ◦ Sweet (Gan) ◦ Acrid

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


    Herbal Formulas Which Include Gui Zhi

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formulas which contain Gui Zhi (in alphabetical order). You May click on the name of the formula for more details or click on any of the products from our store to read usage information or to purchase a particular formula.

    TCM FormulaClinical Functions
    Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

    Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.

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    Ge Gen Tang Wan

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    Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

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    Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

    Kidney yang deficiency signs - low back pain, weakness in the legs, knees, low back, low energy, low libido.

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

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    Wu Mei Wan

    Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.  Roundworms 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.

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    • We Mei Wan - Parasites, UC, and IBS herbal formula
    Xiao Qing Long Wan

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    Related Conditions:

     ◦ Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps) ◦ Chest Pain ◦ Palpitations ◦ Edema

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