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Gui Zhi Tang

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Pin Ying Name: Gui Zhi Tang

English Name: Cinnamon Twig Decoction

Chinese Name: 桂枝湯

Herbs & Actions
Pharmaceutical Latin Pin Yin Actions
Ram. Cinnamomi Gui Zhi

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

With Bai Shao, harmonizes the Ying and Wei and warms and tonifies the Middle Jiao.

Rx. Paeoniae Alba Bai Shao

Astringes the Yin and adjusts the Ying and Wei.

Rz. Zingiberis Recens Sheng Jiang

Helps release the exterior, treats nausea and vomiting. strengthens the spreading and mobilizing actions of the other herbs and adjusts the Ying and Wei.

With Zhi Gan Cao, harmonizes and regulates the Spleen and Stomach. With Da Zao, regulates disharmony between the Ying and Wei. and benefits the Middle Qi.

Fr. Zizyphi Jujube Da Zao

Helps Bai Shao regulate the Ying and Wei.

With Gan Cao, tonifies and harmonizes the Middle Jiao.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae Preparata Zhi Gan Cao

Resolves Phlegm, stops cough, clears Heat and moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of the other herbs.

Formula Actions
  • Releases Wind-Cold from the muscle layer
  • Regulates and harmonizes the Ying and Wei
  • Wind-Cold attacking the Exterior with deficiency of Ying and Wei
  • Tai Yang Zhong Feng
Clinical Manifestations
  • Fever and chills unrelieved by sweating
  • Headache
  • Spontaneous perspiration
  • Decreased body resistance
  • Aversion to Wind
  • Nasal congestion
  • No thirst
  • Dry heaves
  • Stiff neck
  • T: Normal
  • C: White and moist
  • P: Floating and moderate or Floating and weak or slow
  • Common cold
  • Fever
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Influenza
  • Puerperal fever
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Angioedema
  • Cerebrovascular spasm
  • Eczema
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Testicular pain
  • Appendicitis
  • Allergic purpura
  • Enuresis in children
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Bronchitis
  • Hemilateral sweating
  • Urticaria
  • Morning sickness
  • Frostbite
  • Tinea
  • Neuralgia
  • Abdominal pain due to chills
  • Eclampsia
  • Neurasthenia
  • Atrioventricular blockage
  • Hernia
  • Sciatica
  • Itching
  • Hyperactivity disorder
  • Psoriasis
  • Endometriosis
  • Gastritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Spontaneous perspiration
  • Contraindicated for those with Exterior Cold with Interior Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with Tai Yang Shang Han.
  • Contraindicated for those who drink alcohol frequently.
  • Use caution during the summer or spells of hot weather.

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