Guizhi (Cinnamon) – From Bencao qiuzhen (Exploring the True Meaning of the Materia Medica, 1769)

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BY HUANG GONGXIU
(18th Century)

TRANSLATED BY HEINER FRUEHAUF

Cinnamon twig primarily enters the muscle layer at the surface of the body. At the same time, it enters the heart and liver channels. It is the branch of the cassia tree which also yields cinnamon bark. Cinnamon twig is light, its nourishing essence is pungent, and its color is red (therefore its affinity to the heart). The action of cinnamon twig is rising without descending.

FROM BENCAO QIUZHEN (EXPLORING THE TRUE MEANING OF THE MATERIA MEDICA, 1769)

Guizhi – Cinnamon Twig (Translations)

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BY HUANG GONGXIU, ZHANG XICHUN
(18th and 19th Centuries)

TRANSLATED BY HEINER FRUEHAUF

Cinnamon twig primarily enters the muscle layer at the surface of the body. At the same time, it enters the heart and liver channels. It is the branch of the cassia tree which also yields cinnamon bark. Cinnamon twig is light, its nourishing essence is pungent, and its color is red (therefore its affinity to the heart). The action of cinnamon twig is rising without descending. Therefore, it can also enter the lung and facilitate uninhibited movement of qi, and enter the bladder channel and stimulate water metabolism.

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Excerpts from Zhang Xichun’s Materia Medica, in Chinese at Heart But Western Where Appropriate: Essays Investigating an Integrated Form of Medicine (Yixue Zhong Zhong Can Xi Lu, 1933)

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BY ZHANG XICHUN
(1960-1933)

INTRODUCED AND TRANSLATED
BY HEINER FRUEHAUF

This original translation explores the clinical efficacy of twelve important Chinese herbs, and gives an example of the highly personal and narrative way in which scholar clinicians used to relate to medicinal plants in the past. Selected from the herbal compendium of one of the last master physicians of the classical era of Chinese medicine.

Single Herbs Series: Guizhi and Rougui (Cinnamomum loureirii bark and twig)

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By Heiner Fruehauf Heiner Fruehauf’s prolific research trip to China and Vietnam in the summer of 2014 to source high quality, potent, directly-traded Chinese herbs from small family farms provided a significant amount of material and information about didao yocai and paozhi – terroir [...]

On the Concept of “Fang” (Formula Science): The Design and Clinical Power of Guizhi Tang (Cinnamon Decoction) (2 Parts)

2021-06-09T19:31:56-07:00Tags: , , , , |

LIU LIHONG
Institute for the Clinical Research of Classical Chinese Medicine, Guangxi College of TCM

In this educational presentation filled with important practical clinical information, Prof. Liu Lihong offers insight into "fang", or formula science. He utilizes guizhi tang (cinnamon decoction), one of the premier and most important formulas in Chinese herbalism, as the example to illuminate his lesson.

Total running time: 120 mins.
Mandarin Chinese, translated into English by Heiner Fruehauf

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