Herb Formulas Notebook

Gui Zhi Shao Yao Zhi Mu Tang

Cinnamon Twig, Peony and Anemarrhena Decoction

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Expel Dampness

Pattern: Recurrent Wind-Cold-Damp Taiyang invasion with Heat from constraint

Key Symptoms: Swollen and painful joints (especially of the lower extremities) that are warm to the touch and worsen at night, reduced range of motion in the affected joints, chills, absence of sweating, weight loss, headache
Secondary Symptoms: Dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea

Tongue: White, greasy coat
Pulse: Wiry, slippery

Gui Zhi 12g
Ma Huang 6g
Bao Fu Zi 15g
Zhi Mu 12g
Bai Shao 9g
Bai Zhu 15g
Fang Feng 12g
Gan Cao 6g
Sheng Jiang 10sl

In the UK Fu Zi should be replaced with Xian Mao and and increased dose of Gui Zhi.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Unblocks the flow of Yang Qi, promotes movement, dispels Wind, eliminates Dampness, clears Heat

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