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Gui Zhi

Posted by: admin on Feb 22, 2008 - 06:01 PM
Release the Exterior

Pungent-spicy, sweat and warm

Heart, lung and urinary bladder

1. To promote diaphoresis and relieve exterior syndrome, 2. To promote blood circulation; 3. To warm the meridians and disperse cold.

1. Wind-clod type of exterior deficiency syndrome twigs (Gui Zhi) used with Ephedra (Ma Huang) increases the diaphoretic action of the herb.2. Wind-cold type of exterior deficiency syndrome manifested as sweating, aversion to wind, fever and superficial and tardy pulse, Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) is used with White peony root (Bai Shao) in the formula Guizhi Tang.3. Arthritic pain caused by invasion of exogenous wind, cold and damp manifested as soreness and pain in the joins, limbs ,shoulders and back. Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) is used with Prepared aconite root ( Fu Zi).4. Deficiency of yang in the heart and spleen manifested as palpi-tations, edema and shortness of breath. Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) used with Poria (Fu Ling) and White atractylodes (Bai Zhu).5. Weakness of yang in the chest (including what is known as Angina pectoria in Western medicine) manifested as pain in the chest, palpitations, or intermittent pulse. Cinnamon twigs (Guzhi) is used with Macrostem onion (Xie Bai) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gua Lou).6.Amenorrhea abdominal pain due to cold invasion and blood stasis. Cinnamon twigs (Guizhi) is used Peach seed (Tao Ren), Moutan bark (Mu Dan Pi) and Poria (Fuling ) in the formula Guizhi Fuling Wan.


The herb is contraindicated in warm-febrile disease as well as cases of deficient yin with heat signs. It should be used with caution in pregnant women.

Gui Zhi

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