Gui Zhi Tang - 桂枝汤 - Cinnamon Twig Decoction (Capsules)

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What is Gui Zhi Tang?

Gui Zhi Tang, known as Cinnamon Twig Decoction, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formula known for balancing the immune system. It is a blend of five herbs: Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig), Bai Shao (White Peony Root) Sheng Jiang (Ginger), Gan Cao, (Licorice Root ) and Da Zao (Jujube Fruit).

Gui Zhi Tang was developed during the Han dynasty and first appeared in the Shang Han Lun medical text. Famous physician Zhang Zhongjing developed Gui Zhi Tang to treat ailments caused by external harmful influences. Physicians of the time also highlighted the formula as an effective remedy for Taiyang disease.

What are the benefits of Gui Zhi Tang?

In TCM, Gui Zhi Tang is known for harmonizing the body's nutritive (ying) and defensive (wei) systems.

TCM practitioners often prescribe Gui Zhi Tang for patterns of wind-cold with deficiency, such as chills and fever (with or without sweating), stiff neck, aversion to wind, headache, and nasal congestion with a soft, floating pulse.

What is the dosage and method for taking Gui Zhi Tang?

The generally recommended dosage of Gui Zhi Tang in capsule form is four capsules, two to three times daily; or as loose granules, 4.5 g mixed with hot water, 2-3 times per day. However, always follow your healthcare provider's instructions, as the dosage can vary based on your condition and response to treatment.

Please see What's the Recommended Dosage for Granule Herbs? for more information.

When can I expect to see results?

Gui Zhi Tang typically starts to take effect within days. However, like all treatments, its efficacy can vary from person to person.

Does Gui Zhi Tang have any side effects?

While Gui Zhi Tang is generally considered safe for most people, it can cause side effects in some individuals. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or postpartum as well as people with liver disease, should avoid or use Gui Zhi Tang with caution.

As with any Chinese herb, we recommend consulting with a qualified practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) about Gui Zhi Tang before any course of treatment is started. 

Where to buy Gui Zhi Tang

For practitioners, Treasure of the East offers full-spectrum Gui Zhi Tang Capsules (100 caps./bottle), 100g Granules and Granules in Bulk Packaging.

If you’re a consumer looking to purchase Gui Zhi Tang, look for suppliers who provide clear information about the product's origin, purity, and testing procedures to ensure you're getting a high-quality product. Please read Where to Buy Chinese Herbs Safely for more tips on how to source herbs safely.

Gui Zhi Tang from Treasure of the East is:
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Item Number: G062-c
Chinese Name: 桂枝汤, Gui Zhi Tang
English Name: Cinnamon Twig Decoction
Functions: Releases Wind-Cold from exterior, Regulates and harmonizes the Ying and Wei
TCM Pattern: Ying and Wei deficiency, Wind-Cold Invasion, Tai Yang Zhong Feng
Potency: Concentrated 5:1; Full-spectrum, water-based herbal extract.
Available in: Capsules (100 caps./bottle), 100g Granules and Granules in Bulk Packaging.


    Gui Zhi Cinnamon Twig
    Bai Shao White Peony Root
    Sheng Jiang Ginger
    Gan Cao (Mi) Licorice Root (Processed)
    Da Zao Jujube Fruit


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