Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang
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Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang #2162

Pin Ying Name: Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang

English Name: Cinnamon, Peony & Anemarrhena Decoction

Chinese Name: 桂枝芍葯知母湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Dosage Actions
Ram. Cinnamomi Gui Zhi 3-12g

Releases the Exterior, warms the channels and collaterals to relieve pain, disperses Cold, unblocks Yang, transforms Qi and releases the muscle layer.

With Ma Huang, for Wind-Cold-Damp Bi. With Bai Shao,for External Wind-Cold with disharmony between the Ying and Wei, with spontaneous sweating. With Zhi Fu Zi, for chills and painful extremities due to Yang Deficiency with Wind-Cold-Damp Bi and backache due to Wind-Cold Damp Bi.

Rx. Ephedrae Ma Huang 3-9g

Releases the Exterior, disperses Cold, promotes urination and reduces edema.

Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata Zhi Fu Zi 0.5-15g

Disperses Cold., warms the channels, warms the Spleen and dispels Dampness.

With Bai Zhu, for Wind-Damp Bi.

Rx. Anemarrhenae Zhi Mu 3-12g

Nourishes Yin, moistens Dryness, generates Fluids and ameliorates the dryness of tonifying or warming herbs.

Rx. Paeoniae Alba Bai Shao 3-9g

Nourishes Blood, astringes Yin and alleviates pain.

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae Bai Zhu 4-15g

Tonifies the Spleen, tonifies Qi, dries Dampness and stabilizes the exterior.

Rx. Saposhnikoviae Fang Feng 3-12g

Releases the exterior, expels External Wind-Cold and Heat, expels Wind-Cold-Dampness and alleviates pain.

Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang 3-15g

Strengthens the spreading and mobilizing actions of the other herbs.

With Zhi Gan Cao, harmonizes and regulates the Spleen and Stomach.

Baked Rx. Glycyrrhizae Zhi Gan Cao 1.5-6g

Moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.

Formula Actions
  • Unblocks Yang Qi
  • Promotes the movement of Qi
  • Dispels Wind
  • Eliminates Dampness
  • Clears Heat
  • Unblocks the channels and collaterals
  • Stops pain
  • Recurrent Wind-Cold-Damp Bi
  • Wind-Damp Bi with formation of Heat
  • Wind-Phlegm-Dampness with formation of Heat
Clinical Manifestations
  • Swollen painful joints (especially lower limbs)
  • Joints are warm to the touch (may be burning and swollen)
  • The pain is worse at night
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Chills
  • Anhidrosis
  • Weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Difficulty walking and moving
  • Thirst
  • Hemiplegia
  • Rigidity of the limbs
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Edema
  • Emaciation
  • Swollen feet
  • Numbness of the extremities
  • Paralysis
  • Fatigue
  • T: Normal
  • C: White and greasy or Thin, yellow and greasy
  • P: Wiry and slippery or Slippery and rapid
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Gouty arthritis
  • Severe migratory arthralgia
  • Chronic arthritis
  • Periarthritis of the shoulder
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cor pulmonare
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sequelae of cerebrovascular accident
  • Edema
  • Arthralgia
  • General pain
  • Hyperpnea
  • Numbness
  • Paresthesia
  • Muscular atrophy in the lower limbs
  • Psoriasis
  • Sciatica
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Sequelae of cerebrovasculitis with hemiplegia
  • Low back pain
  • Paralysis