Herb Formulas Notebook

Gui Zhi Jia Ge Gen Tang

Cinnamon Twig Decoction plus Kudzu Root

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

Category: Formulas that Release the Exterior

Pattern: Taiyang stage Wind-Cold or Wind attack lodged in the Sinews of the upper back with Exterior deficiency

Key Symptoms: Stiff neck and upper back, aversion to drafts (including intolerance of open windows and needing to wear a scarf or protective clothing), sweating at any time of day or night (may be spontaneous or triggered by activity, stress or wind), fever or other heat symptoms
Secondary Symptoms: Headache, nasal obstruction, aching and pain in the extremities (especially arms and shoulders), dry heaves, flushing, constipation

Tongue: May have white coating but not always
Pulse: Floating and either lax or frail
Abdomen: Tension in rectus abdominis

Gui Zhi 9g
Bai Shao 9g
Ge Gen 9g
Zhi Gan Cao 6g
Sheng Jiang 4sl
Da Zao 3-4pc

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Releases pathogens from the muscle layer, regulates Ying and Wei, relaxes and moistens the sinews

Contraindications: Exterior Cold and interior Heat, or internal Dampness

This is a variation of Gui Zhi Tang for when a Taiyang conditions presents with significant neck and upper back pain.

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These pages are intended to assist clinicians and are not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment for which a qualified professional should be consulted.