Gui zhi jia ge gen tang
gui zhi 6 bai shao 6 sheng jiang 9 da zao 6 zhi gan cao 6 ge gen 12
When in tai yang disease there is stretched stiff nape and back but also sweating and aversion to wind it is treated with gui zhi jia ge gen tang.
It treats tai yang wind strike pattern. It generates fluids and is used for dry muscles in upper and mid back. There may also be dry sinus. It also treats soft tetany.
Similar to gui zhi tang but also clears the channel congestion on the yang ming channel due to the passing of the wind evils from the tai yang channel into yang ming. Metal has become dry due to the influence of wind and not fire. The sweet taste of ge gen is nourishing of fluids to moderate the pungent herbs that clear the channel. The pungent taste of ge gen clears yang ming channel congestion and ascends the clear fluids of the sea of water and grain to moisten the hand yang ming channel pathway.
Gui zhi, Cinnamomi cassiae ramulus is pungent sweet and warm dispersing of the imperial and ministerial fire. It warms and tonifies the shao yin and jue yin. In doing so it warms and tonifies the whole body.
Warm pungent to free the muscles and open the surface, warming and opening the channels allowing the cold evils at the surface to be dispersed.
Bai shao, Paeoniae radix lactiflora is sour, bitter and cool. It is sour collecting of yin fluids and blood. It is bitter descending of heat. It nourishes dryness in yang ming and the jue yin. It descends Earth and Metal and calms Wood wind.
Sheng jiang, Zingiberis rhizoma recens is pungent dispersing of the liver and pericardium blood and the ministerial fire in the san jiao. Sheng jiang is pungent dispersing of dampness and cold in the stomach domain, spleen and lung. Sheng jiang is pungent connecting of the tai yin with the tai yang. It supports raising of the clear qi to the chest and the 100 vessels.
Da zao, Jujubae fructus is sweet tonifying and moderating. It tonifies and nourishes the stomach domain, spleen, lungs, and heart. It directly nourishes the shao yin heart.
Zhi gan cao, Glycyrrhizae radix prep is sweet tonifying and nourishing of all organs but especially the heart.
Zhi gan cao is sweet and mildly warm tonifying and nourishing of yin fluids. It nourishes yin fluids in the tai yin and shao yin. It calms wind in the jue yin.
Ge gen, Puerariae radix is sweet tonifying and nourishing of the spleen and lungs. It is is pungent dispersing and sweet nourishing of the tai yang and yang ming channels. Ge gen connects the tai yin to the tai yang and yang ming channels.
Neutral, sweet and pungent it clears yang ming channel congestion and ascends the clear fluids of the sea of water and grain to moisten the hand yang ming channel. It clears the channel stagnation located on the upper back and neck. Combined with bai shao it benefits yin and relieves the convulsions and spasms by relaxing the tendons.
Relieves yang ming exterior, relieves muscles while raising the clear qi of the middle that stops diarrhea if present. We see this being done in ge gen tang.