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If you’ve never heard of Evil Bone Water, you might imagine it a magical potion straight out of a fairytale. Well, you might be right since it can help heal bone and muscle ailments with curious-looking herbs.

What is Evil Bone Water?

In Chinese medicine, Evil Bone Water is  Zheng Xie Gu Shui or “bone-setting liquid”. It’s a traditional topical liniment that’s composed of several herbs. Many believe that a master herbalist formulated the original recipe around 500 years ago.

Moreover,  this powerful salve has become popular in martial arts and sports medicine for common aches,  pains, and even fractures.

What are its ingredients?

Originally, this pain relief formula had 26 ingredients. Before, local herbalists made it in low quantities.  Eventually though, for many brands, 7 to 12 ingredients remained.

For example, Saint Apothecary Evil Bone Water, a hand-crafted US brand founded by Doctor of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture Dr. Mark T Brinson, uses eleven (11) empirical grade herbal ingredients, namely:

  • San/Tian Qi (Notoginseng, Pseudoginseng) 

–  this well-known herb helps alleviate pain and reduces inflammation by promoting good blood flow. Consequently, Sanqi means “three seven” since people believe the best ones are harvested between 3 and 7 years after planting

  • Bai Niu Dan (Inula Cappa DC) 

research  shows that this Chinese shrub has anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties

  • Gui Pi (Chinese Cinnamon Bark) 

–  this cassia bark helps relax your muscles and warms the energy channels

  • Bo He Nao (Menthol) 

– gives a cooling effect and helps the herbs get into the skin

  • Ji Gu Xiang (Japanese Knot Weed)

– helps reduce bruising and inflammation

  • Bai Zhu (Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma)

– relieves muscle pain through its anti-inflammatory activity

  • E Zhu (Zedoary Rhizome, Rhizoma Curcumae) 

– helps promote good blood circulation and relieves pain

  • Hu Zhang (Knotweed Rhizome)

– helps prevent blood stagnation and opens up your energy channels

  • Zhang Nao (Camphor)

– similarly, camphor helps improve blood flow by interacting with sensory nerves

  • Huang Qin (Scutellaria Root, Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)

– according to research, it’s been used for decreasing inflammation

  • Qian Jin Ba (Philippine Flemingia Root)

– it can help make the bones and joints strong

Evil Bone Water doesn’t contain any animal products. In addition, it’s gluten-free, cruelty-free, pesticide-free, cruelty-free, and contaminant-free.

As for its name, Dr. Brinson’s Chinese instructors said that Zheng Xie Gu Shu (ZGS) translates to “evil bone water.”

What are the benefits of Evil Bone Water?

You can use this Chinese herbal liniment for pain management. It may help for muscle cramps, sports injuries, arthritis, pulled muscles, sprains, strains. Plus, you can use it for muscle cramps, bruises, insect bites, and even broken bones. *

How do I use it?

To use this ointment, simply put a bit on a cotton ball or gauze. After that, apply it 2 to 3x a day on the affected area. Lastly,  don’t place it on any area with broken skin (such as a cut or open wound). Wash your hands after use.

However, it may stain so it’s better if you wrap the area in gauze.

Want to pick your own bottle of Evil Bone Water?  Simply order here Evil Bone Water is EveryBody in Mind’s bestseller two years in a row! Acupuncturists love using Evil Bone Water, including Allyson Nevard of Good Chi Acupuncture in Sudbury. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.