Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan - Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Decoction

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Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan Herbal Formula Classifications and Usages

The herbal formula "chai hu gui zhi gan jiang wan" , 柴胡桂枝乾薑湯, which in english is "bupleurum, cinnamon twig and ginger decoction", is categorized within the "clear heat" functional grouping and within the "clear heat from the qi level" sub-category.

You may also see this formula referenced by: Chai Hu Gui Jiang Tang, Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Tang, Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Combination.

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

  • Shaoyang disorder with water accumulation - A modification of xiao chai hu tang with gui zhi and gan jiang to work with mixed pattern cases of "heat above, cold below".  Generally for patients with exterior conditions that have not cleared with releasing treatments for more than 5 days to a week.  Common colds, flu - alternating periods of chills and fever, fullness/distention in the chest, irritability (shaoyang symptoms) with perspiration on the head/upper body, thirst, possibly painful urination and/or loose stools (water accumulation).
  • Insomnia with the right underlying factors.

Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in cases of true or pure excess or deficiency - this is for mixed cases.

Our shop contains chai hu gui zhi gan jiang wan from the following manufacturer:

  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Tang - Sun Ten
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    For many reasons such as availability, ecological choices, and/or price, each manufacturer or herbalist may well adjust the exact composition of a specific formula. Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan is generally comprised of the following herbs:

  • Chai Hu (Thorowax Root, Bupleurum) - Clears shao yang disorders and reduces fever - alternating …
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  • Gan Cao (Licorice Root) - Tonifies the spleen and augments qi - spleen deficiency w/s…
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  • Gan Jiang (Dried Ginger Root) - Warms the middle and expels cold - warms spleen and stomach…
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  • Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig) - Releases muscle layer and adjusts ying and wei qi levels U…
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  • Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria) - Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer …
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  • Mu Li (Oyster Shell) - Calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, ins…
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  • Tian Hua Fen (Trichosanthes Root) - Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens l…
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    A single formula, alone, may not be sufficient to fully address a particular TCM diagnostic pattern. Formulas may be used alone, in combinations, and/or in stages. Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan is a candidate for consideration when needing to influence lung wind invasion - wind heat.

    Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored overall approach, to influence the following conditions: common cold, flu and/or insomnia

    As noted above, chai hu gui zhi gan jiang wan is within the clear heat functional group. And it appears within the sub-category "clear heat from the qi level", which contains the following formulas:

  • Bai Hu Wan (White Tiger Decoction) - In 6 channel theory, Yang ming channel heat or the "4 big…
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  • Huang Lian Jie Du Wan (Coptis Decoction To Relieve Toxicity) - Clears fire toxins (damp heat, toxic heat, fire) from all t…
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    All formulas in the primary category of "clear heat" are listed below.

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