Cinnamon Twig ( 桂枝 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Cinnamomi Cassiae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Gui Zhi

Common English Name

Cinnamon Twig

Part of Plant Used





Acrid, sweet

Meridians Entered

Heart, Lungs, Bladder

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas that promote sweating to treat exterior symptoms such as fever without sweating and weakness; also used for arthritic conditions, especially of the shoulders, and to remove edema by increasing circulation.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Adjusts Nutritive and Protective Qi levels; warms channels and disperses cold; moves Yang and transforms Qi; strengthens Heart Yang.

Common Formulas Used In

Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Hoelen Five; Ma Huang; Pueraria Combination.

Processing Required



Cinnamon twig is used in many formulas for its warm/sweet nature to enhance their warming and tonifying effects.

Cautions in Use

Use cautiously during pregnancy. Do not use this herb when there is a strong Yin deficiency, heat signs caused by Yin deficiency, or heat in the Blood with vomiting.

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