Rou Gui - Warm Interior and Expel Cold
KI, HT, LV, SP (1.5-6g)

Rou Gui (Cinnamon Bark - My Old Dog Cinnamon loves to Fetch Cinnamon Bark)

If your puppy won't fetch you might assist Yang and Warm KD by leading fire back to its source with a cinnamon bark stick. Don't worry if the puppy eats a little cinnamon bark, it will warm the SP and expel cold to relieve pain in the abdominal area. But if you accidentally throw it in a cold river channel it will be painful for the puppy to go fetch!

Because cinnamon is so potent you should add it near the end of cooking. Be careful not to take cinnamon bark during (cc: pregnancy) or with sleepless nights, (cc: yin deficiency with heat), (cc:interior excess heat), (cc: reckless movement of hot blood). Cinnamon bark is antagonistic with Chi Shi Zhi.

English Name: cinnamon bark, cassia bark
Pharmacuetical Name: Cortex Cinnamomi
Properties: acrid, sweet, hot

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
assist Yang... warm KD... lead fire back to its source warms KD; assists yang; leads fire back to its source
warm the SP... expel cold... relieve pain Warms the SP; Expels cold; relieves pain
cold.. channel.. painful Expels cold from the channels... relieves pain


      Rou Gui Actions and Indications
  • Warms the KD; assists yang; leads the fire back to its source (KD Yang deficiency and waning of gate vitality: aversion to cold, cold limbs, weak back, impotence, frequent urination, primary herb for upward floating of deficient yang: asthma, wheezing, flushed face, severe oily sweat, weak and cold lower limbs, pulse without root)
  • Warms the SP; expels cold; relieves pain (epigastric and abdominal coldness, SP yang deficiency with abdominal pain and cold, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Expels cold from the channels; Relieves pain (blood level cold causing qi or blood stagnation, amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea; post-partum pain, hypochondriac pain, damp-cold; yin-type boils chronic abcesses and sores; also used for qi and blood deficiency)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat signs)
  • (cc: interior excess heat)
  • (cc: reckless movement of hot blood)
  • note: antagonizes chi shi zhi
    Special Notes:
  • Rou Gui and Gan Jiang are both interior warming herbs, but have different functions. Rou Gui goes to the lower jiao to tonify KD yang, while Gan jiang warms the middle jiao and disperses cold from the SP and ST.

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