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Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang

Bupleurum & Cinnamon Combination Capsules | 柴胡桂枝湯
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Ingredients: Bupleurum root (chai hu), Pinellia root (zhi ban xia), Scute root (huang qin),Cinnamon twig (gui zhi), White peony root (bai shao), Jujube fruit (da zao), Oriental ginseng root (ren shen), Dry ginger root (gan jiang), Chinese licorice root (gan cao).

Mandarin: 柴胡桂枝湯
Pin-Yin: Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang
English: Bupleurum & Cinnamon Combination
Romaji: Saiko* Keishi To
Kanji: 柴胡桂枝湯
Kampo: Yes



  • Discussion of Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun)

How it works:

  • Releases the exterior and muscle layer
  • Harmonizes shao-yang
  • Harmonizes liver, spleen, and intestines
  • Eliminates water accumulation

Clinical Applications:

  • Combined tai-yang and shao-yang patterns
  • Alternating chills and fever
  • Crackling of joints
  • Deficient yang
  • Liver and spleen not harmonized


This formula was developed about 2000 years ago by one of the most renowned physicians of that time, Zhang Zhongjing, to treat disturbance in taiyang and shaoyang. Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang is an ancient herbal formula developed to treat simultaneous tai-yang and shao-yang disturbance by releasing the exterior, harmonizing shao-yang, and harmonizing nutritive and protective qi.

English Name

Pin-Yin Name


Chai Hu

Pinellia Rhizome

Zhi Ban Xia

Cinnamon Twigs

Gui Zhi

White Peony

Bai Shao


Huang Qin


Da Zao


Hong Shen


Gan Cao

Fresh Ginger

Sheng Jiang


Main Ingredient(s):

In this formula, Bupleurum resolves shao-yang, reduces fever, and spreads liver qi while Cinnamon Twigs release exterior, adjusts the liver and spleen, warms the channels, and facilitates qi flow.

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