Gui Zhi

Gui Zhi written in Chinese

Pinyin Name: Gui Zhi

English Name: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae

Other Names: Cinnamon Twig

Tastes: Acrid, Sweet, Warm

Origin: Guangxi and Guangdong provinces in China

Benefits of Gui Zhi:

Gui Zhi covers meridians of bladder, heart and lung. Main functions include expelling cold to relieve exterior syndrome, warming the meridians to promote coronary circulation, activating yang to promote body-fluid metabolism. Common uses and indications are wind-cold exterior pattern, cold-damp arthralgia aggravated by cold, cold limbs, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, abdominal mass, obstruction of qi in the chest, palpitations, phlegm and retained fluid and more. Recommended dosage is from 1.5 to 6 grams.

Gui Zhi is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Gui Zhi Tang is used for wind-cold exterior syndrome accompanied with sweating due to exterior deficiency. Its ingredient herbs include Gui Zhi, Shao Yao, Zhi Gan Cao, Sheng Jiang and Da Zao. 2) Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan is used in hyperlipidaemia, fibroid, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and more. Its ingredient herbs include Gui Zhi, Fu Ling, Mu Dan Pi, Tao Ren, Tian Hua Fen and more. 3) Zhi Gan Cao Tang is used in functional arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, viral myocarditis, hyperthyroidism and more. Its ingredient herbs include Gui Zhi, Ren Shen, Gan Di Huang, E Jiao, Mai Men Dong and more.

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