Rou Gui - Dried Cinammon Bark

TCM Materia Medica

Rou Gui TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "rou gui" which in english is "dried cinammon bark", is categorized within the "herbs that warm the interior and expel cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney, liver and spleen channels and exhibits acrid, hot (re) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 1.5-4.5g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Warms the kidneys and fortifies yang - aversion to cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence, frequent urination; also for waning of spleen and kidney yang with abdominal pain and cold, reduced appetite, diarrhea; wheezing due to failure of the kidneys to grasp the Qi.
  • Leads floating yang back to its source - upward floating of deficient yang; flushed face, wheezing, severe sweating (like oil), weak and cold lower extremities, deficient and rootless pulse (false heat-true cold, or heat above-cold below).
  • Disperses deep cold, warms the channels, alleviates pain due to cold causing qi or blood stasis; amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
  • Encourages generation of Qi and blood.

Rou Gui has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, rou gui is generally included in the following 10 formulas:

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  • Wen Jing Wan (Warm the Menses Formula) - Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, excessive uterine bleed…
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  • Xi Guan Jie Bi Tong Wan (Knee Joint Pain Relief) - Arthritis from damp heat in Chinese Medicine terms. Knee i…
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  • You Gui Wan (Restore the Right Kidney Pill) - Cold extremities, fatigue, weak/aching low back, knees, wai…
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  • Zhuang Yang Wan (Strengthen Kidney Yang And Preserve Power Pill) - Tonifies the kidney yang and astringe the jing (essence), p…
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    As noted above, rou gui is within the herbs that warm the interior and expel cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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