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Rou Gui #1079

Pin Ying Name: Rou Gui

Chinese Name: 肉桂

English Name: Cinnamon Inner Bark

Latin Name: Cinnamomi, Cortex

Herbs that Warm the Interior and Expel Cold
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Very Hot
1.5-5g (Add near the end) 1-2g (Powders)
Actions & Indications
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage

Warms the Kidneys, Spleen and Heart and strengthens Yang and Ming Men Fire

  • Kidney Yang Deficiency and Deficiency of Ming-Men Fire with aversion to Cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence and urinary frequency
  • Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency with abdominal pain and Cold, reduced appetite and diarrhea
  • Kidney Unable to Grasp Qi
  • Heart Yang Deficiency, particularly with chest Bi

Disperses deep Cold, warms the channels, unblocks the channels and vessels and alleviates pain

  • Deep Cold causing Qi Stagnation or Blood Stasis with Cold in the Blood causing amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea, Cold-Damp Bi, Yin-type boils (chronic sores that are usually concave and ooze a clear fluid) and sores or abscesses that do not heal
  • It enters the Blood aspect and, in small amounts, enhances the Blood moving action of other substances

Leads the Fire back to its source

  • Upward Floating of Deficient Yang (False Heat, True Cold or Heat Above and Cold Below) with flushed face, wheezing, severe sweating (the sweat pours out like oil), weak and cold lower extremities and a deficient and rootless pulse
  • Any condition with Heat in the Upper body (dry mouth, sore throat, or teeth which is worse at night) and Cold in the Lower body (Lower back pain, cold lower extremities, diarrhea and weakness in the proximal portion of the pulse)

Assists in the generation of Qi and Blood

  • Chronic Qi and Blood Deficiency (auxiliary)
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Heat signs.
  • Contraindicated for those with Internal Excess Heat.
  • Contraindicated for those with reckless movement of Hot Blood.
  • Contraindicated for those with coughing with a sore throat.
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Deficiency with Internal Dryness.
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Heat following parturition.
  • Use caution during pregnancy.