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Introduction To Cinnamom Twig (gui zhi)









Cinnamom Twig (gui zhi)

Ramulus Cinnamomi

Properties: The herb is pungent and sweet in flavour, warm in nature and acting on heart, lung and urinary bladder channels. Pungent and warm for dispersion and sweet for mild potency, without the shortcomings of hyperhidrosis damaging Yang, the herb is often used to treat exterior syndromes of both deficiency and excess types caused by pathogenic wind-cold. In addition, the herb can warm blood, invigorate pulse, reinforce Yang and promote Qi flow. It is an important herb to treat pains due to cold, deficiency of Yang and water retention.

Effects: Inducing sweets to dispel exopathogens, warming the channels to clear obstruction and reinforcing Yang to promote Qi flow.


1. To treat exterior syndromes of deficiency type with symptoms of wind-cold, perspiration, aversion to wind, floating and slow pulse, the herb is used in combination with white peony root, such as Guizhi Decoction to regulate Ying and Wei, inducing sweats and expelling pathogenic factors from muscles and skin. To treat exterior syndromes of excess type with symptoms of wind-cold, aversion to cold, anhidrosis and floating and tense pulse, such as in Ephedra Decoction the herb can help ephedra induce sweats and dispel exopathogenic.

2.  The herb is often used in combination with notopterygium root, ledebouriella root and other herbs for dispelling wind, dampness, cold and alleviating pain, to treat arthralgia and pain in the limbs due to wind-cold; with evodia fruit, chuanxiong rhizome, Chinese angelica root and other herbs, such a Wenjing Decoction for warming the channels, dispersing cold, regulating menstruation and alleviating pain, to treat women¡¯s illness of cold, irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea and amenia; and with unripened biter orange and macrostem onion, such as Zhishi Xiebai Guizhi Decoction for activating Yang, resolving lumps, and alleviating arthralgia and pain, to treat insufficiency of cheat-Yang and chest pain due to Qi blockage.

3. It is used in combination with malt extract, such as Xiao Jianzhong Decoction, for warming the middle-jiao, restoring Qi, dispersing cold and alleviating pain, to treat cold of deficiency type in the middle Jiao, cold pain in the stomach and abdomen, anorexia and loose bowel; with white atractylodes rhizome and poria for warming Yang, promoting Qi flow, strengthening the spleen and removing fluid retention, to treat deficiency of the spleen-Yang, phlegm retention, dizziness and palpitation; and with umbellate pore fungus, poria, white atractylodes rhizome for reinforcing Yang, promoting Qi flow, inducing diuresis and removing edema, such as Wuling Powder, to treat deficiency of Yang, disturbance in Qi transformation, water retention, edema and difficulty in urination.

Dosage and Administration: 3-10g.

Precautions: Patients with Yin deficiency and excessive fire should be prohibited to use this herb, and women in pregnancy or with profuse menstruation should be careful to use it.





For the convenience of customers, we offer the Cinnamom Twig (gui zhi) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 6 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Cinnamom Twig (gui zhi) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.

If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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