Theory

Gui Zhi Cinnamon Twig - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Gui Zhi Names

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

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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
  • 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.

  • 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

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.  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.

  • Expel Parasites



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