Effect of Guizhi tang in the treatment of various clinic
(Clinic research reports)
Ingredients of Guizhi tang: Guizhi, Baishao,
fresh ginger, Chinese date and Gancao.
Guizhi tang is one of the most famous
Chinese herbal formula in clinic. Its clinic use is very broad
and it is one of the major “stem” of many herbal formula.
The clinic effectiveness of Guizhi tang has
been well known from history. The effectiveness has been
reproducible and repeated again and again without any doubt.
However, that we list the reports of clinic study for Guizhi
tang here is simply to meet the desire of someone who only
believes the so called scientific study, the animal study, the
lab chemical study with statistic numbers, but not human body
We list here the reports of some clinic
study that are mostly done in
and published in Chinese Medical journals. It does not at mean
that the Guizhi tang can only be used in these kinds of clinic
conditions. Readers are suggested not to make any
misunderstanding on this point. This is common sense for all
Chinese herbs. So, you should not surprise that why a given herb
formula can be used for infection, inflammations, the hormone
disorders, the psychological disorders, immune disorders,
cancers, genetic disorder… all of the diseases in terms of
western medicine. This is because: the TCM and the western
medicine look the structure and function of our body in a quite
different view! TCM does not work at all based on the diagnosis
term or concept of western medicine but its own.
Guizhi tang works well in those of people
whose body belongs to Guizhi constitution. People with the
typical Guizhi constipation are those model girls. They are very
slim, easy to have sweat. They have poor toleration to the
either hot or cold room temperature and feel tired. They are of
course weak physically. For these kinds of people, TCM doctor
should consider if the illness of these people need the use of
Guizhi tang. (tang here means soup, the herbal soup).
Slim girl, typical Guizhi tang body constitution.
It should be pointed out that ANY Chinese
herbs should be used according to Chinese herbal therapy. It
means that it should be used according to a diagnosis by Chinese
medicine, not by a western medicine. Information here for the
effectiveness of herbs is to show how good they are in the
treatment of various “diseases”, but in the TCM view, it works
in so many clinic diseases simply because all of the effective
cases showed a common phenomenon: Cold syndrome with water
accumulation in terms of Chinese medicine. If a patient’s
condition indeed belongs to such TCM diagnosis, the pill will
work well, no matter what “disease” the patient is diagnosed in
terms of western medicine. Otherwise, it may not work.
(1). Allergic purpura
Sixty one person with allergic purpura were
treated with Guizhi tang after five to fifteen days, 55 cases
were cured, 4 under much control and there was only 2 cases
without any improvement.
In another study, the use of Guizhi tang
plus Danshen made allergic purpura disappeared in 33 cases
within 6 to 10 days (total 35 cases in this study).
Guizhi tang is one of the common herbal
formula used for the treatment of various sweat. People may have
frequent sweat only on head, on neck, on palm or only under arm
pitch. The sweat can happen during daytime, or at night. Twenty
one cases with frequent sweat was treated with Guizhi tang for 3
to 5 days. Clinic cure cases were 18, effective cases were 3.
(3). Facial paralysis
It has been reported that Guizhi tang, when
used in 75 people with facial paralysis (age between 20 and 63)
for one to two weeks, 69 cases were clinically cured, 4 cases
under control, and 2 cases were not improved.
(4). Stomach pain
Guizhi tang can be used for release of
stomach pain as well. It has been reported in total 53 patients
with stomach pain. After use of the Guizhi tang for 5 to 7 days,
48 cases were cured (pain stop, appetite return normal, and no
recurrence for one year); 4 cases was under much control (pain
stop, appetite much improved. Or after stop the herbs, the pain
came back but the use of the herb works again); one case had no
(5). Sciatic pain
There are many herbal formula in TCM for
the treatment of sciatic pain. Guizhi tang is one of the choice.
In a report for 84 patients with sciatic pain, the use of Guizhi
tang for seven to twenty-one day made 77 cases under clinic cure
(no pain within one year), 5 under control and 2 cases without
improvement. Again it is stated that this herbal formula must be
used in the Cold-weakness condition in terms of TCM diagnosis.
Guizhi tang is commonly used in pregnancy
vomiting. In a study of 38 pregnancy women with vomiting, the
use of Guizhi tang help to stop the vomiting in all of the women
within 3 days.
(7). Menopause syndrome
Guzhi tang has been used in 51 women with
menopause syndrome. After 10 to 15 days, 43 cases were cured
(symptoms disappeared for one year at least), 6 were much
improved, 2 were not improved at all.
(8). Dysmenorrheal (痛经)
For the treatment of dysmenorrheal, Guizhi
tang was started 5 days before the period and continued until
the period stop. In a report of 69 cases, it resulted in a
clinic cure in 62 cases (stomach pain stop and no pain within
one year thereafter), much improved in 5 cases (stomach pain was
much reduced, or stop for three month but pain comes back again,
and re-use of the herb makes the pain disappeared again), no use
for 2 cases.
(9). Frostbite (chilblain)
Guizhi tang has been used for frostbite. It
was used externally on the affected skin, not by oral intake. In
a study of 54 patients with frostbite, 18 people were cured
after 2 to 4 days; 20 peoples were cured after 5 to 7 days; and
16 get complete recovery after 8 to 10 days.
(10). Child attention deficit hyperactivity
(11). Urticaria (荨麻疹)
In this report, the cure means the symptoms
disappeared for one year without recurrence.
Guizhi tang has been reported in the treatment of acute
rheumatoid arthritis (effective
rate of 91%) and allergic rhinitis (effective rate of 92%).