Herb Formulas Notebook


Gui Zhi Jia Gui Tang

(Cinnamon Twig Decoction plus Cinnamon)

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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 and damage to Heart Yang leading to upsurging of Yang (Running Piglet)

Key Symptoms: Recurring intermittend surging sensation rushing from the abdomen to the chest and Heart making the patient uncomfortable standing up or lying down, 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 15g
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 variation of Gui Zhi Tang intended for when a Taiyang stage disorder has been improperly treated with the fire needle or excessive sweating has been induced.


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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.