Herb Formulas Notebook

Gui Zhi Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang

Cinnamon Twig with Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction

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Source: Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (c. 220)
Author: Zhang Ji / Zhong-Jing

Category: Formulas that Stabilise and Bind

Pattern: Deficiency of both Yin and Yang causing floating Yang and leakage of Yin

Key Symptoms: Spermataorrhoea (in men) or dreaming of sexual intercourse (in women), lower abdominal contraction and pain, cold sensation at the tip of the penis, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, loss of hair
Secondary Symptoms: Watery diarrhoea

Pulse: Hollow, slightly tight, or floating and big but weak

Gui Zhi 9g
Bai Shao 9g
Long Gu 9g
Mu Li 9g
Gan cao 6g
Sheng Jiang 6sl
Da Zao 4pc

In the UK the following substitutions should be made:
Long Gu == Bai Shao + Wu Wei Zi
Mu Li == Xuan Shen + Bai Shao + Wu Wei Zi.
If calcium deficiency is suspected to be the rationale for using Long Gu + Mu Li then supplementation may be a suggestion.

Preparation: Decoction.

Actions: Restrains the Essence, suppresses rebellion, regulates and harmonises the Yin and Yang

Contraindications: Excess conditions marked by a thin but full, or superficial but forceful pulse.

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