Cinnamon Twig for Infectious Diseases, Rheumatism, and Pain

[Name]
Cinnamon Twig, Cinnamon, Ramulus Cinnamomi, Cinnamomum cassia

[Chinese Name]
Gui Zhi

[Parts Used and Preparation]
Twig

[Flavors in Chinese Medicine]
Pungent, sweet; warm

[Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels]
Heart, Lung, and Urinary Bladder

[Actions in Chinese Medicine]
The herb may induce sweating and expel exogenous pathogenic factors. It may warm the meridians and promote the flow of the Yang-Qi.

[Uses in Chinese Medicine]
• Infectious diseases, the wind-cold type with the symptoms including headaches, fever and chills.
• Rheumatism and arthralgia of the wind-cold-dampness type with symptoms including pain in the joints.
• Cold feelings in the back, cough, dyspnea, and dizziness caused by the Yang-deficiency of the heart and spleen.
• Chest pain, palpitation of the heart, slow and irregular pulse.
• Irregular menstruation, amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea, and abdominal pain caused by blood-coldness and stagnation.

[Recommended Dosages]
3–10 grams.

[Warnings, Interactions, Side Effects]
It is contraindicated in epidemic febrile diseases, and those of the blood-heat type.

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