Herb Formulas Notebook


Gui Zhi Tang

(Cinnamon Twig Decoction)

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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 with Exterior deficiency, imbalance of Ying and Wei Qi, disharmony of Yang Wei Mai with spontaneous sweating

Key Symptoms: 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, stiff neck, 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



Ingredients
Gui Zhi 9g
Bai Shao 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

Contraindications: Exterior Cold and interior Heat, or internal Dampness



Notes:
This is one of the principle formulae of the Shang Han Lun and therefore of Chinese medicine as a whole.

Extraordinary Vessel attributions come from Li Shi-Zhen's (1577-8) Exposition on the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Qi Jing Ba Mai Kao), trans. Chace & Shima (2009).


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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.