Herb Formulas Notebook

Gui Zhi Gan Cao Long Gu Mu Li Tang

(Cinnamon Twig, Licorice, Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction)

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Source: Discussion of Cold Damage (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Stabilise and Bind

Pattern: Disorder of Heart Yin and Yang causing the Shen to float upward

Key Symptoms: Restlessness, irritability, spontaneous sweating, palpitations

Gui Zhi 3g
Zhi Gan Cao 6g
Long Gu 6g
Mu Li 6g

In the UK the last two ingredients must be substituted. Some suggestions are:
Long Gu == Bai Shao + Wu Wei Zi
Mu Li == Xuan Shen + Bai Shao + Wu Wei Zi

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Unblocks the Yang, benefits the Yin, calms the Shen, eliminates irritability

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Journal of Chinese Medicine
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