Cinnamon Bark ( 肉桂 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Cinnamomi Cassiae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Rou Gui

Common English Name

Cinnamon Bark

Part of Plant Used





Acrid, sweet

Meridians Entered

Kidneys, Spleen, Liver, Bladder

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat chronic diarrhea with cold hands and feet (TCM: internal core coldness; deficient Kidney and Spleen Yang; deficient Qi and Blood), sometimes with symptoms of flushing of face and head, wheezing, and sweating (TCM: false heat symptoms in upper part of body).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Promotes Yang growth in Kidneys and brings True Yang into system via Kidneys; warms Kidneys and fortifies Yang; warms the Middle Burner and •disperses cold; warms the channels, promotes menstruation, and alleviates pain; leads the fire back to its source; generates Qi and Blood.

Common Formulas Used In

Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Rehmannia Eight; Tian Man and Eucommia; Tu-Huo and Loranthus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use during pregnancy. Do not use when there is a strong Yin deficiency or there are heat signs.

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