Rou Gui 肉桂 Cortex Cinnamomi

English Name: cinnamon bark, cassia bark
Properties: pungent, sweet, hot
Channels: HT, KI, LR, SP
Part used: bark of the tree
Dosage: 2-5g (1-2g in powder), add in the last 5-10 minutes of the decoction


1. Tonifies yang, augments Mingmen fire: disorders caused by insufficient Ki yang, and
Mingmen fire
2. Dispels cold, warms the Sp, relieves pain: epigastric, abdominal coldness and pain,
vomiting, diarrhea; hernial pain
3. Dispels cold, warms and unblocks the channels, alleviate pain: pain by coldness in the
channels such as gynecological disorders, cold-damp-Bi, yin sores
4. Promote the production of qi and blood
5. Lead the fire back to its source: upward floating of deficient yang

Contraindication: yin-deficient fire, excess heat, during preg, bleeding due to blood-heat

Note: antagonize Chi Shi Zhi, alternative name – Gui Pi, Guan Gui



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