Gui Zhi
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Gui Zhi in TCM:


Factoids:
English Name: cinnamon twigs, cassia twigs
Pharmacuetical Name: Ramulus Cinnamoni
Properties: acrid, sweet, warm
Explore the properties of Gui Zhi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


Temperature: warm
Channels: LU, HT, UB
Flavors: sweet, pungent
Tonifies: yang
Regulates: disperses cold, clears damp, resolves water accumulations, disperses wind, resolves phlegm, alleviates bi syndrome

Actions / Indications:
  • Harmonizes Ying and Wei; release exterior wind-cold (in combination with bai shao to harmonize ying and wei; induces sweating to release exterior wind-cold excess)
  • Warms and unblocks channels (gynecological problems due to cold blockage of blood vessels, wind-cold-damp bi syndrome in joints and limbs, especially shoulder)
  • Warms Heart Yang Qi (irregular pulse, chest bi, palpitations due to obstructed flow of yang qi in chest or heart)
  • Warms Yang to Eliminate water or phlegm - reduces edema (phlegm, fluids and edema accumulations due to yang qi deficiency)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: excessive menstruation)
  • (cc: warm febrile disease, yin deficiency with heat, bleeding due to heat in blood)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare to Rou Gui
  • Gui Zhi has a slight diuretic effect, use caution with diuretic drugs.