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 7 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.
    • Symptoms of addiction recovery: cravings, anxiety, mood swings etc.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Sedate and Calm the Spirit

Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan

  • Cinnamon and Poria Teapills
    • For abdominal masses such as uterine cysts, ovarian cysts, benign tumors.
    • May be used when blood stagnation symptoms appear during pregnancy.
    • Uterine bleeding especially if the color is dark.
  • Invigorate the Blood
  • Warm the Menses and Dispel Blood Stasis
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution if patient presents with more severe blood stagnation and qi deficiency.

Jin Gui Shen Qi Wan

  • Kidney Qi Pill from the Golden Cabinet
    • Lethargy, low libedo, frequent urination with possible incontinence resulting from kidney yang deficiency.
    • Sensation of cold, especially in the lower half.
  • 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.
    • Avoid with patients that present with yin deficiency.

Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan

  • Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi
    • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
    • Anemia.
    • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
    • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
    • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
    • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
    • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
    • Lung cancer.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

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.  
    • Chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold.
  • Expel Parasites

Xiao Qing Long Wan

  • Minor Blue Dragon Pills
    • Cold/flu like symptoms such as aversion to cold, cough, clear watery phlegm -from exterior wind cold invasion.
    • Wheezing, heavy sensation, edema due to interior water accumulation.
  • Release the Exterior
  • Release Exterior-Interior Excess
  • Cautions
    • Not meant for long term use.



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