Rou Gui

Rou Gui written in Chinese

Pinyin Name: Rou Gui

English Name: Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae

Other Names: Gui Zhi, Cinnamon Bark

Tastes: Acrid, Sweet

Origin: Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces in China

Benefits of Rou Gui:

Rou Gui is native to China. It is collected in autumn. Rou Gui covers meridians of kidney, spleen, heart and liver. Main functions are tonifying yang, eliminating cold to stop pain, warming meridian to unclogged arteries and veins. Common uses and indications include kidney-yang deficiency, decline of vital gate fire, intolerance of cold, cold limbs, bower back pain and knee weakness, difficult urination or urination frequency, shortness of breath, asthma, edema, a scanty production of urine, floating yang, feverish upper body and cold lower extremity, dizziness, ringing in the ears, spleen-kidney deficiency cold, feeling cold and pain in the abdomen, reduced appetite and loose stools, low back pain due to kidney deficiency, wind-dampness arthralgia, hernia pain, uterus cold induced infertility, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, postpartum stasis pain. Recommended dosage is from 2 to 5 grams.

Rou Gui is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Da Yi Han Wan is used to improve symptom management for abdominal pain and hernia pain. Its ingredient herbs include Rou Gui, Gan Jiang, Gao Liang Jiang, Bi Bai and more. 2) Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang is used to expel wind and dampness. Its ingredient herbs include Rou Gui, Du Huo, Sang Ji Sheng, Du Zhong and more. 3) Yang He Tang is used to warm the kidneys, spleen and heart. Its ingredient herbs include Rou Gui, Lu Jiao Jiao, Pao Jiang, Ma Huang and more.

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