Category: Healing

Evil Bone Water (Zheng Gu Shui) FAQ

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Evil Bone Water (EBW) is a product I use in my clinic all the time. It helps a lot of people all around the world, find pain-relief due to its powerful and all-natural healing benefits. Evil Bone Water is a memorable nickname for a powerful topical Chinese herbal liniment called Zheng Gu Shui, which translates into “bone-setting liquid.” It was developed by a Chinese Master Herbalist over 1000 years ago, and is used today to treat pain or trauma from backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, sprains, breaks, and more.

I wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions to provide you with some useful tips, and the best way to use EBW so that you too, can experience its robust healing properties.

How Will Evil Bone Water Help Me?

One of the major questions I am asked is, “How Will Evil Bone Water Help Me?” EBW is a topical analgesic that’s really good for reducing inflammation (swelling), muscle soreness and in particular, “itis” inflammation, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Plantar Fasciitis, or Bursitis inflammation. It will also work in treating other types of pain like, sports and accidental injuries, sprains, muscle cramps, insect bites, contact dermatitis (poison oak, sumac and ivy), broken bones, bruises and more.

What Are the Different Types of Pain?

Nerve Pain

Nerve Pain is often described as a burning or prickling feeling or electrical shock. Some people with nerve pain will have hypersensitivity to temperature or touch. Very often it will radiate past two joints. Muscle pain radiation rarely passes two joints. Radiation will be along a path and patients will trace an area with their finger when describing it. Nerve pain is not localized to one spot. If you are experiencing sensations like that, then EBW might not be the best option for you. However, if your pain started as dull and achy, and started to refer past many joints, it is likely muscle pain that is aggravating the nerve and EBW would therefore be able to help.

Muscle Pain

The easiest way to tell if you have muscle pain is when the pain is dull, tight, achy and tender to touch. The pain will be local and effected with pressure on the area, either by aggravating or relieving pain. For tendon, meniscus, and ligaments, this pain is sharp and often sudden. Patients will describe a giving out of the joint or a sudden weakness. For example, when a patient has a dull achy shoulder pain, that is muscle pain. When the patient does the arch of pain test at around 90 degrees, they say “ouch” and drop their shoulder. The sudden sharpness of the pain causes weakness and would be the tendon being pinched. Another example is a torn meniscus or ligament in the knee. The patient will experience a dull achy pain and suddenly step wrong and get a sharp pain. They will describe it being like their knee is giving out. EBW is great for treating muscle pain.

Itis

Any inflammation in the body will have a swelling heat and redness to it. Arthritis is worse in the morning and improves with heat and movement as the swelling moves out of the joint. Muscle pain is also worse in the morning and better with heat and movement, and will not come back as quickly with rest. Muscle pain will be aggravated at the end of the day, when the patient over does an activity. Bursitis will be painful with pressure on bursae. It will typically be painful with exercise or excessive movement but fine with normal movement i.e. when the patient runs. Tendonitis is worse in the morning. As you can see, the most common pain that is worse in the morning is “itis”. The joints fill with inflammation at night and when you first start to move, it can be painful. The best example of this is Plantar Fasciitis. It will feel like stepping on glass when you first get up in the morning and will cease once movement is in place. EBW can help in treating itis.

Acute Pain

Acute Pain is the easiest to understand because there was pain and it was recent. The patient can point to it and can remember what happened to cause it. The body is sending pain and location signals to the brain. Recent acute pain is often the easiest to treat and the body responds quickly because a chronic pattern or pain expectation has not set in. EBW can help with treating acute pain.

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain has affected the whole system and a correct local treatment will improve the condition but the pain will return because the body cannot adjust to the pain-free movement. You must treat both the local and adjacent points. With chronic pain, the body can lose the location signal and the pain may feel vague or wandering. EBW can help with chronic pain relief.

Depth of Injury

An important feature to recognize is whether your pain is topical or superficial. If it’s very deep then EBW has to work to penetrate through many layers of tissue, your skin layer, your cutaneous facial tissues, and then it absorbs into your muscles. If you have a muscle underneath the muscle, then it has to go deeper. The more superficial something is the better results you’ll get with a topical analgesic. A lot of the tendons and ligaments can be very superficial such as hands, elbows, neck, ankles and feet. All of these are good for treatment with EBW, but areas that are deep like abdominal pain and hip issues would not benefit as much from EBW. This is also why topical EBW can be so soothing for inflamed and itchy skin like bug bites. It is alcohol based and is a disinfectant, so it will burn and sting around open wounds.

How Often to Apply

One mistake is that people don’t apply EBW enough. Either they don’t apply it frequently or they don’t let it soak long enough. Usually that is the problem, not the result of applying it too much. Signs that you might be applying it too much is that the skin starts to become irritated and dry. If you’re not experiencing that, then you can keep applying it. Three times a day is minimum, or you could do four or five times a day.

How Do I Apply It?

Soak

You can put EBW into a tub and soak your hands. Begin with hot water then add EBW to it. You can also do this with soaking your feet.

Cotton Ball

Apply it topically 3x a day with a cotton ball and rub it in. This is what most people do. Place the cotton ball between your fingers and then rub it on the area, which works best as it keeps it nice and solid. Avoid squeezing the cotton ball with your fingertips and quickly rubbing the sore area, as that causes the EBW to drip. Just pinch it between the webbing of your fingers and rub it onto the area, which makes it easier. If you want to apply more, you can add a couple more cotton balls between the webbing of your fingers.

Spray

Apply as a spritz for bug repellant or for milder effect. You can use a spray bottle as an option. It is alcohol-based, so it does tend to dry really quickly. You can also fan it off for a second before you put your clothes on and jump into bed.

Wrap It

Apply as a compress for killing bacteria and post insect bite – Especially Tick! Compress 1-2 times a day with great care for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Be careful not to cover with plastic wrap for too long, let the compress breath so it’s not too strong. If you’d really like to soak it or take cotton balls and pin it to the area and then wrap it, often that will help it soak in a little bit more.

Instructions

  • Moisten a gauze pad, cotton ball or piece of flannel with EBW. You’ll want it saturated, but not dripping.
  • Apply the affected area and allow it to fully absorb for 30-90 minutes.
  • It’s best to limit movement, so watch TV, browse Facebook, read a book or pay your bills
  • Enjoy quick relief
  • Tip: The solution will stain, so be cautious of where it comes in contact.

Increase Blood Circulation

Another tip that people don’t realize is the way that EBW absorbs, which is through the blood, so the more blood circulation that you can get to the area before you apply it, the quicker it’s going to absorb in ways that increase blood circulation to the area. However, the easiest way is just with heat. Take a hot shower and apply it after your shower or you can even just rub the area until it gets nice and red. Red is a sign of vasodilation. You can put some EBW on you and do foam rolling, which brings blood circulation to the area and then you can put on EBW. I also have a lot of other things that I use in the clinic like compression guns that use vibration which also creates vasodilation. You can massage the area before applying EBW or do cupping or suction cups which are easy and super safe, and can be purchased online.

Natural Herbal Ingredients

  • Zhang Nao (Camphor) – Helps local circulation.
  • Bo He Nao (Menthol) – Aromatic and cooling clears heat.
  • San/Tian Qi (Notoginseng, Pseudoginseng) – Helps with bleeding & blood stasis, bruising & swelling, inflammation and pain.
  • Ji Gu Xiang (Japanese Knot Weed) – Bruising and sprains inflammation.
  • Gui Pi (Cinnamon Bark) – Relaxes muscles, promotes circulation and warms.
  • E Zhu (Zedoary Rhizome, Rhizoma Curcumae) – Promotes the circulation of qi and blood while helping break down accumulations in the body.
  • Bai Zhu (Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma) – Anti-inflammatory properties, helps relieve pain, muscle spasms and cramps.
  • Hu Zhang (Knotweed Rhizome) – Invigorates the blood, helps dispel stasis, helps open channels.
  • Bai Niu Dan (Inula Cappa DC) – Helps dispel wind, lessening dampness.
  • Qian Jin Ba (Philippine Flemingia Root)
  • Huang Qin (Scutellaria Root, Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)

Makers note: Most people have no idea that what we get in the USA is an inferior quality and most herbalists might not even think that much about it. The real winner and what makes it magnitudes better, it the herb quality. Making it with B or C quality herbs (which is what is commonly available and sold by US suppliers) and then craft it with imperial grade herbs (2-5 grades above normal) is basically a different product.

Evil Bone Water has no animal products. Furthermore, non-GMO, gluten free, cruelty free, pesticide free, contaminant free.

The camphor and menthol in Evil Bone Water are not synthetic. We also only use grain alcohol not ethanol.

Every herb is microscopically tested not only for proper variety and contaminants, but strength. We make sure they are all sustainable and ethically sourced. Everything that goes into that bottle comes from the finest ingredients on the planet.

When we craft our product, I always ask myself- What do I want on my skin? In my patient’s body? My own family?

Master Herbalist of Saint Apothecary – St. Simons Island, Florida, USA.

Conclusion

When it comes to natural pain relief, nothing beats the powerful healing benefits of Evil Bone Water, which provides an effective way for stopping pain associated with backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, sprains, breaks and more. Since its development by a Chinese Master Herbalist over 1000 years ago, EBW has stood the test of time and is used widely among practitioners today for treating pain.

EBW from our clinic contains no animal products, is non-GMO, gluten free, cruelty free, pesticide free and containment free. Every herb is microscopically tested not only for proper variety and contaminants, but strength. We make sure they are all sustainable and ethically sourced. Everything that goes into the bottles comes from the finest ingredients on the planet.

Don’t let pain stop you from living your life to the fullest. We can’t wait for you to experience the healing process of Evil Bone Water. Click here to buy a bottle now.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

Introduction to Herbal Medicine with Valley Health Clinic

What is Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine simply means using specific plants (or parts or extracts of plants) to treat or alleviate health issues. It is one of the most commonly used forms of natural medicine in the U.S., and modern clinical studies have confirmed the effectiveness of many herbal remedies.

Why do we use Herbal Medicine?

We include herbal medicine as part of a comprehensive treatment plan because it complements acupuncture giving you faster results.

It is a simple, natural, and affordable way for you as a patient to continue your care in between appointments.

We Use Only the Best Herbs

All our herbs are derived from nature. They do not contain harsh chemicals, alcohol, or preservatives, and are very gentle to your system. Each batch is checked for safety against bacteria, fungus, and heavy metal.

They are manufactured under pharmaceutical GMP standards. This mandates that all our products have undergone TLC testing to validate authenticity, HPLC testing to ensure potency, and have a COA to guarantee safety and purity. In other words, our products are manufactured with surgical precision in a bio-med laboratory while other herbal products are made with food standards. If you believe Chinese herbs are medicine, you must use Chinese herbs that are made with pharmaceutical precision to attain desired therapeutic results.

How To Brew Chinese herbal tea

Teas come in two main categories:

  • Teas with seeds (Peak, Wind, Neurogene)
  • Teas without seeds. (Xiao Yao Wan, Warm Hearth, Hao Xiang Zheng Qi Wan)

For the teas without seeds, you brew them like you would any normal herbal tea.

  • Pour boiling water onto the teabag,
  • Let it steep for 5-10 minutes,
  • Sit and enjoy

You can rebrew these teas several times until there’s no more flavor left.

For the teas with seeds, we recommend simmering on the stove for 20 to 30 minutes, to get a complete extraction of the active ingredients.

  • Take the teabag out of the package.
  • Shake the contents of the teabag down
    • Cut the teabag open. You don’t have to do this step but I like to brew it this way.
    • Empty it into a pot.
  • For each teabag, you want to use about one to two pints of water.
  • Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes
  • After teas have been simmering for about 20-30 minutes

It’s ready to strain and drink. You can use a thermos or a mason jar whatever you like. Tea strainer pour the tea through the strainer you’ll see it’s got a beautiful color and you can really smell the aroma. It’s great straight out of the jar or use your favorite mug. Enjoy!

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Side Effects

Sensitive patients may experience reactions such as minor stomach discomfort. If such reactions occur, reduce the dosage, take with food, or let me know

Can I take Herbs with my Prescription drugs?

Most herbal may be taken by individuals who are also using prescription drugs, without problems. However, it is recommended that herbal be taken on an empty stomach at least two hours apart from the prescription drugs.

The most common interaction is that herbal medicine increases the effectiveness of prescription medication or duplicates the action.

Most common interaction is with, Antiplatelets, Anticoagulants, antihyperlipidemic. So please inform me if you are on any medication so I can best advise you on what to do to avoid possible herb-drug interaction.

Steps to Wellness

There are 3 unique steps to wellness. However, the rate at which you move through these stages depends on your unique situation. A good rule of thumb is one month of care for every year you have had a certain medical condition.

Step 1: Symptomatic Care

During this stage, our is concerned with alleviating the symptoms causing you to seek help. Once your symptoms are relieved, you will move on to Step 2, Corrective Care.

If this is difficult to understand, think of replenishing an overgrown garden. The first step in cultivating the space is to cut back excess growth and weeds. Your symptoms are very much like the weeds.

Step 2: Corrective Care

In order to restore your health, we must also determine the underlying cause of your illness, rather than simply addressing the symptoms. This involves a second Evergreen formula uniquely positioned and carefully prescribed to address the root of your concerns. Often, patients enjoy the second treatment phase for two to six months.

Continuing the garden analogy, we now must take complete care to remove the weeds from the soil and prepare the soil for new seeds to plant. Using appropriate tools, the roots are extracted, leaving healthy plants and rich earth behind. Step 2 heals what is creating and causing your pain and discomfort, setting the stage for healthy living.

Step 3: Maintenance Care

The final phase of your care includes Maintenance Therapy. We will prescribe tonics and keep your immune system strong and healthy, so it will protect the body as it should. The final phase of treatment is ongoing. After all, relapse is simply unacceptable

In our analogy, this means the soil of our reclaimed garden is fertilized and treated to prevent the return of weeds while building a healthy foundation to support the growth of beautiful plants and flowers. What this means for you is that your overall health is protected by Chinese herbs, just as the garden is protected and allowed to thrive.

Exercise Alternatives: Get the Benefits Without the Drawbacks

Exercise Alternatives: Get the Benefits Without the Drawbacks

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While sports acupuncturists spend ample time working with athletes, we also regularly help patients who are living with chronic illness. And one of the key components of successful treatment for these clients is exercise.

Many chronically ill and elderly patients experience tiredness, pain, and even compromised immune systems after a bout of exercise. That’s why, as acupuncturists, we often recommend exercise alternatives.

These alternatives can provide similar benefits as exercise without the negative effects.

Understanding Exercise and Illness

From athletes functioning at peak health to people coping with chronic illnesses, physical activity is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. But rewarding daily exercise looks different for these two populations.

That’s because moderate and intense exercise affects a healthy body and a sick body differently.

How Exercise Normally Works

For an athlete, and for the average healthy person, exercise works in the following way:

  • Moderate and high-intensity workouts push the body up to and beyond its limits. Muscle tissue breaks down, and your system enters a state of stress.
  • After breaking your body down, your healthy immune and nervous systems kick into repair mode. You begin to recover.
  • Once you fully recover, you’re stronger, faster, or more flexible than you were before. You can start the cycle over again, increasing your performance ability each time.

How Exercise Works in Chronic Illness

Exercise doesn’t work the same way for someone who is chronically ill. To understand why you have to understand how the body processes stress.

To our bodies, stress comes in many different forms. We can experience physical stress, mental stress, or emotional stress. We can experience stress that lasts only moments, or stress that lasts years.

But internally, our nervous systems and body structures handle all of those types of stress in the same way. Stress incurred from a chronic inflammation looks much the same to our nervous system as stress from a 10-mile run.

For example, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and fibromyalgia seem to have dysfunctions in the autonomic nervous system trending toward increased sympathetic nervous system activity. Research also shows that by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system you will have a decreased inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, and improves sleep in fibromyalgia (Manuel, et al Koopman)

This higher sympathetic tone never allows the body to fully enter into the recovery phase in order to heal from intense exercise. So what can make a healthy person grow stronger can my another person just hurt more.

Phases of Exercise

There are some basic phases of exercise that can be helpful to understand.

In the first phase of exercise is metabolic changes. Your muscles begin to use up oxygen through glycolysis. This will signal the release of adenosine and nitric oxide which will dilate peripheral blood vessels surrounding the muscles. This sends a signal to dilate upstream vessels. As the body works it will also release CO2 which will act on the hemoglobins and make it easier for them to release oxygen back into the muscles. (Nitric Oxide and Adenosine are two major players in the health benefits of Acupuncture)

The second phase of exercise is autonomic changes. The peripheral dilation of blood vessels in the muscles causes a slight drop in blood pressure which will then stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This signal is widespread and has many functions. It raises the blood pressure by increasing heart rate and redistribution of blood flow. There are approximately 2 liters of extra blood stored in our veins and organs. The sympathetic system will constrict these tissue to release blood and increase blood flow back to the heart which will allow it to expand and contract harder.

The redistribution of blood goes as follows. The blood flow to the brain will stay the same. There will be an increase in blood flow to the skin and muscles. The key here is that moderate exercise will slightly increase blood to the GI and Kidneys but with intense exercise, there will be decrease blood to gut and kidney and bladder.

The third phase of exercise is hormonal changes. Hormonal changes are slower acting and occur much later in prolonged exercise.

It is important to think about this progression when exercising because we need to make sure the body can tolerate each phase.

Alternatives to Traditional Exercise

Instead of hitting the treadmill or grabbing the weights, people who are chronically ill can use these alternatives to get similar exercise benefits in a controllable manner.

Vibration

When you exercise, you put stress on your bones, muscles, and ligaments. That stress can come from repetitive impact (as in running and jumping) or from repetitive flexion and extension (as in weight-lifting).

For many individuals with chronic illnesses that affect the bones, such as arthritis, and those that affect connective tissue, like inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, this repetitive strain causes more harm than good.

However, your body needs some amount of stress on its bones and tissues in order to maintain and build up density. Density maintenance is especially important for those who have arthritis or early signs of osteoporosis.

The best example of a vibration-type exercise is the shaking and patting you see top athletes do before a race or competition. Shaking out, and patting down, a muscle group or part of your body gets it engaged in much the same way as more strenuous exercise.

Hydrotherapy

Hot and cold water work in similar ways to exercise by triggering vasodilation and constriction.

Applying cold water stimulates the kidneys and adrenal glands and creates vasoconstriction (the shrinking of your blood vessels). It is helpful in pain management because it reduces the amount of blood flow to painful areas.

Ice-cold water is also known to trigger a sympathetic nervous system response (fight-or-flight). This response releases endocannabinoids in the brain, which is the same mechanism behind the euphoria known as “runner’s high.”

On the other side of the coin, hot water creates vasodilation (the expanding of your blood vessels). Vasodilation promotes healing by increasing blood flow. It also improves heart function and has been shown to be helpful in treating COPD.

The simplest form of hydrotherapy is hot and cold showers. This is something you can do at home to engage your nervous system and trigger vasoconstriction or dilation. Cold showers shouldn’t be freezing, but it should be cold enough to feel invigorating. Research shows that even moderately cold temperatures still provide benefits.

If cold showers don’t sound appealing, here’s a tip: start your shower warm, like you normally would. Slowly, turn the water to a colder temperature. This allows your body to get used to the cold water more gradually, rather than shocking your system all at once.

Breathing

Certain breathing techniques can trigger the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems in similar ways to exercise. Other methods can help increase adrenaline without triggering the harmful release of cortisol. Imagine getting into a cold bath: you quickly breath in. Imagine getting into a warm bath: you relax and blow a big breath out.

Breathing techniques can work in two ways: stimulating your parasympathetic nervous system or stimulating your sympathetic nervous system.

When you exhale, you trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, and vice versa. You might notice that you sigh when you’re stressed or you sigh when you feel relaxed. It is a way for your body to comfort itself and express comfort.

On the other hand, inhaling triggers the sympathetic nervous system. When you’re scared you hold your breath. When you are surprised you quickly breath in. Taking an exaggerated inhale sends a signal to your body to trigger the sympathetic nervous system, or the “fight and flight” system.

There’s a lot more to learn about breathing and how you can use breathing techniques to trigger certain responses in your body. To read more, click here.

Movement

When we think of exercise, we think of movement. For chronically ill patients, movement in exercise is more gradual and less intense than for others. But these less intense movement exercises can have the same benefits as more strenuous movement workouts. The key benefit of movement is getting your blood flowing to all parts of your body.

Movement exercises that you can do if you’re chronically ill, without triggering harmful side effects, include:

  • Walking
  • Stretching
  • Lifting low-level weights
  • Using exercise bands
  • Yoga

How to Exercise with Chronic Illness

If you have an ongoing condition or you know someone who does, it’s important to understand how you should and should not exercise.

Don’t Wear Yourself Out

For most people, the goal of a good workout is to push your body just past its limits, to the point that you feel worn out. That’s when you know that you’re body has been adequate stressed or broken down and with rest will enter into a state of recovery, building up stronger muscles.

But for people who are chronically ill, that “worn-out” point is the danger zone because the increase sympathetic tone impairs the recovery phase. Since your body is already trying to cope with a chronic state of illness, it will struggle to recover from the added stress of working out.

Moderation is Key

So how do you achieve your exercise goals if you can’t push yourself past the point of comfort? The key is moderation.

If you have a goal of walking four miles this week, don’t pack all four miles into one day. Instead, break up those four miles into the smallest increments you can. You might walk half a mile in the morning and half a mile at night, and repeat the pattern every other day.

In this way, you’ll never find yourself worn out, but you can still set goals for yourself and push yourself to achieve more. As your tolerance for exercise increases, you’ll be able to walk longer distances without risking exhaustion.

Good Days and Bad Days

If you’re older, or if you have a chronic illness, you’ll know that some days, you feel healthier than others. Likewise, there may be certain times of the day when you feel stronger and more capable of exercise.

When you’re scheduling your exercise times, try to keep your activities within these “good” times, and stay away from the “bad” ones. Your bad days and hours are times when your body needs all of its energy reserves to rest and heal.

Know the Goal

It’s key to remember your goal when you’re engaging in physical activity, even if it isn’t strenuous work. If you start to feel like going through these exercise alternatives isn’t giving you the benefits you want, it may be time to try another method.

Remember that the point of exercise alternatives is to give you the benefits of exercise like improved blood flow, lowered cholesterol, and enhanced mood.

Do Sports Acupuncturists Work with Chronically Ill Patients?

Just as the name suggests, sports acupuncturists spend much of their time working with high-level athletes.

But the nature of Acupuncture makes it an ideal treatment for not only healthy individuals undergoing acute physical stress but for those who are experiencing chronic physical distress, too.

Upon first glance, treating high-level athletes and treating chronically ill patients may seem worlds apart. However the two methodologies revolve around the same acupuncture tenants.

Reference
Martínez‐Lavín, Manuel, et al. “Circadian studies of autonomic nervous balance in patients with fibromyalgia: a heart rate variability analysis.” Arthritis & Rheumatism: Official Journal of the American College of Rheumatology 41.11 (1998): 1966-1971.

Koopman, Frieda A., et al. “Restoring the balance of the autonomic nervous system as an innovative approach to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.” Molecular Medicine 17.9-10 (2011): 937-948.

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The History & Benefits of Evil Bone Water (Zheng Gu Shui)

Ingredient of Evil Bone Water

Nobody ever remembers Zheng Gu Shui by name, but people remember Evil Bone Water! Discover the history and benefits of Evil Bone Water or EBW for short and the amazing results people are experiencing. 

Evil Bone Water is a memorable nickname for a powerful topical Chinese herbal liniment called Zheng Gu Shui, which translates into “bone-setting liquid.”  

What is Evil Bone Water?

Developed by Chinese Master Herbalist over 1000 years ago, it is used today to treat pain or trauma from backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, sprains, breaks, and more. This external analgesic liniment is a must for everyone’s first aid cabinet.

Evil Bone Water is well known in many martial arts, and sports medicine circles for it’s quick and effective healing properties and pain relief. Used by martial artists to aid in the healing of iron fist training, it is believed to stimulate circulation, reduce pain and swelling, and improve healing of injuries and wounds. 

Today the most common applications for Zheng Gu Shui (Evil Bone Water) involve traumatic injuries, bruises, and sprains. Many people have found Zheng Gu Shui helpful for all kinds of pain from carpal tunnel to arthritis.

The Origins of Evil Bone Water

Evil Bone Water has made a splash with the Chinese medical community. With premium herbs ethically sourced, the quality upgrade has been a complete game changer.

Practitioners are discovering how to use it for martial art conditioning such as iron fist, and western practitioners are learning how we use it clinically for arthritis and joint pain.

The original formula had 26 ingredients. These ingredients were local to the herbalists that were making it for low quantity production. Mass production herbalist lowered the quality of the product by removing all but 7 of the original ingredients.

However, our Evil Bone Water has added back in 4 of the most essential ingredients, making it the most effective ointment around.

Where The Name Comes From

The name started when Mark T. Brinson DOM, Ap CEO of Evil Bone Water was still in school. He had 18 amazing double doctors from China as instructors. They all used Zheng Xie Gu Shu (ZGS) liberally in the student clinic. When asked what ZGS translated as, several of the Master Herbalists would chuckle and say “Evil Bone Water”.

As Mark learned Medical Chinese, He realized this was far from a literal translation, as it is actually “Rectify or Correct Bone Water.” Skip forward to his practice, and Mark would often tell this story to patients that were prescribed bottles as “homework.”

When it was decided to make ZGS using the traditional methods and returning the legacy herbs into the formula, it was just obvious what needed to be done.

The most recent version Zheng Xie Gu Shui or “Rectify Evil Bone Water”, Evil Bone Water for short contains only the highest grade herbs available.

lady with neck pain

What Does Evil Bone Water Help With?

Evil Bone Water is an external use only analgesic that promotes good circulation, helps ease pain, decreases inflammation, and strengthens connective tissues.

As the name suggests, it helps assist in the healing of bones and can shorten the recovery time of fractures. When a bone breaks, you can apply it to the area of unbroken skin to relieve pain immediately until the bone can be set back into place at the hospital.

Evil Bone Water is useful to have on hand, especially for the sports enthusiast or if you are living with one. It is well known among athletes, martial artists, and often prescribed in sports medicine for fractures, bruises, and sprains.

Anyone can benefit from Evil Bone Water. It’s rapid, deep-penetrating healing properties can also provide relief for chronic muscle and bone tissues, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Zheng Xie Gu Shui (Evil Bone Water) works fast for elderly patients that bruise easily. It not only heals the bruise quickly, it improves blood circulation too.

The biggest thing, is that it actually helps heal the problem instead of just patching it up.

Evil Bone Water (Zheng Gu Shui) is a very strong, Chinese medicinal topical commonly used for:

    • Sports and accidental injuries
    • Sprains
    • Muscle cramps
    • Insect bites
    • Contact dermatitis – poison oak, sumac and ivy
    • Broken bones
    • Bruises
    • Mild topical anesthetic
    • And more
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What Is In Evil Bone Water?

We’ll provide you with a complete ingredient list with supplemental information regarding each ingredient that is used and why, so you can have all the information regarding the benefits of Evil Bone Water.

Zhang Nao, Camphor, Cinnamomum camphora
Increases local circulation, relieves pain

Bo He Nao, Menthol, Menthae Haplocalycis Herba
Aromatic and cooling clears heat.
Vents rashes used in early stage of rashes to induce the rash to come to the surface as a means of venting heat and speeding recovery..

San/Tian Qi, Notoginseng,Pseudoginseng
Stops bleeding, Eliminates blood stasis, reduces swelling, reduces bruising, swelling, inflammation and pain, relieves trauma.

It’s expensive and hard as a rock. It takes special handling to extract it properly. it stops bleeding without clotting, reducing swelling and pain. It also has some profound synergistic effects with antiviral and antibacterial herbs.

“Trilinolein is a triacylglycerol purified from a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine Panax notoginseng. Trilinolein has been reported to provide a number of beneficial effects including reducing thrombogenicity and arrhythmias and increasing erythrocyte deformability. Additionally, trilinolein has been reported to be an antioxidant, which can counteract free radical damage associated with atherogenesis, and myocardial damage seen with ischaemia and reperfusion. These pharmacologic effects may explain the perceived benefits derived from treating circulatory disorders with the herb over the centuries.”

Source: Chan, Paul, G. Neil Thomas, and Brian Tomlinson. “Protective effects of trilinolein extrated from Panax notoginseng against cardiovascular disease.” Acta Pharmacologica Sinica 23.12 (2002): 1157-1162.

Ji Gu Xiang, Japanese Knot Weed, Eupatorii Herba, 47, OR Linderae Radix
Treats bruises, sprains inflammation and alleviates

Gui Pi, Cinnamon Bark Releases the muscles, promotes circulation, warms

E Zhu, Zedoary Rhizome, Rhizoma Curcumae
Promotes the circulation of qi and blood, breaks accumulations.
“Curdione, one of the major sesquiterpene compounds from Rhizoma Curcumae, has been shown to exhibit multiple bioactive properties that are anti-platelet aggregation and antithrombotic activities of curdione”

Xia, Quan, et al. “Inhibition of platelet aggregation by curdione from Curcuma wenyujin essential Oil.” Thrombosis research 130.3 (2012): 409-414.

“Rhizoma Curcumae is a popular type of traditional Chinese medicine whose essential oils are widely used in the treatment of cancer in China. This review aims to systematically summarize and analyze the anti-cancer properties of terpenoids, the main components of essential oils in Rhizoma Curcumae, and thus enable the development of new anti-cancer drugs.”

Lu, Jin-Jian, et al. “Anti-cancer properties of terpenoids isolated from Rhizoma Curcumae–A review.” Journal of ethnopharmacology 143.2 (2012): 406-411.

Bai Zhu, Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma
Anti-inflammatory, relieves pain, treats muscle spasms and cramps

“A. macrocephala is a valuable traditional Chinese medicinal herb with multiple pharmacological activities. Pharmacological investigations support the traditional use of A. macrocephala, and may validate the folk medicinal use of A. macrocephala to treat many chronic diseases. The available literature shows that much of the activity of A. macrocephala can be attributed to sesquiterpenoids, polysaccharides and polyacetylenes”.

Zhu, Bo, et al. “The traditional uses, phytochemistry, and pharmacology of Atractylodes macrocephala Koidz.: A review.” Journal of ethnopharmacology 226 (2018): 143-167.

“It exerts its antioxidant effect through metal-chelating, and radical-scavenging which is via donating hydrogen atom and donating electron. Its metal-chelating may result from flavonoids, while its radical-scavenging can be attributed to phenolic acids, especially caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and protocatechuic acid.”

Li, Xican, et al. “Antioxidant ability and mechanism of rhizoma Atractylodes macrocephala.” Molecules 17.11 (2012): 13457-13472.

Hu Zhang, Knotweed Rhizome, Polygoni Cuspidati Rhizoma

Invigorates the blood, dispels stasis, opens the channels and stops pain

“Rhizoma Polygoni Cuspidati, a Chinese herbal drug, has actions of dispelling dampness, alleviating jaundice, clearing heat, subsiding toxin, activating blood, and removing stasis. Polydatin, one of its chief active ingredients, has been proved by modern pharmacological studies to possess extensive cardiovascular pharmacological activity, showing marked effects on protecting cardio-myocyte, dilating blood vessel, antagonizing platelet aggregation, thrombosis, and atherosclerosis.”

Liu, Long-tao, et al. “The progress of the research on cardio-vascular effects and acting mechanism of polydatin.” Chinese journal of integrative medicine 18.9 (2012): 714-719.

Bai Niu Dan, Inula Cappa DC
Dispels wind, eliminates dampness, reduces joint pain.
This is a more rare herb and not in the top 500 TCM pharmacopeia. It has remarkable effects on pain and skin conditions, or Wind, in TCM. I have made the formula with and without the proper variety… no comparison.
“Inula cappa DC. (Compositae) is mainly distributed in the south of China. The plant of I. cappa has been used in Chinese folk medicine to treat rheumatism, laryngotracheitis, and abdominal pain. Some chemical constituents of this plant have been reported previously. In our chemical investigation of this plant, 33 compounds were isolated from the root of I. cappa.”

Wu, Zhi-Jun, et al. “Chemical constituents from Inula cappa.” Chemistry of natural compounds 46.2 (2010): 298-300.

Qian Jin Ba, Philippine Flemingia Root

Huang Qin, Scutellaria Root, Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis

“Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi is the most widely used medicinal plant in traditional Eastern medicine, especially in Chinese medicine. The major phytochemicals isolated from S. baicalensis are flavonoids, glycosides and their glucuronides such as baicalin, baicalein, wogonin etc. More than 30 different kinds of flavonoids are isolated from this plant. S. baicalensis and its flavonoids are reported to have several pharmacological activities, which includes anti-allergic, antioxidant, anti apoptotic, anti-inflammatory effects and many more. Recently, S. baicalensis and its isolated flavonoids have been studied for their neuroprotective effects, through a variety of in vitro and in vivo models of neurodegenerative diseases, plausibly suggesting that S. baicalensis has salutary effect as a nature’s blessing for neuroprotection.”

Gaire, Bhakta Prasad, Sang-Kwan Moon, and Hocheol Kim. “Scutellaria baicalensis in stroke management: nature’s blessing in traditional Eastern medicine.” Chinese journal of integrative medicine 20.9 (2014): 712-720.

The marriage and mixing through decoction and alcohol extraction is what really creates magic.

Conclusion

We are fans of the benefits of Evil Bone Water or Zheng Xe Gui Shui. It is a very powerful topical that stops the pain and starts the healing process. Its historical uses have proven effective even in modern times as more practitioners are looking towards natural remedies for pain-related traumas and illnesses.

Zheng Xe Gui Shui has a rich history in Traditional Chinese Medicine that works on multiple pathways moving Qi and blood, dispelling and blood stagnation to promote healing properties.

We gladly recommend you try a bottle to see how it can work for you.

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Adrenal Fatigue

Learn more about Adrenal Fatigue and how Valley Health Clinic can help

Adrenal Fatigue symptoms are usually an overwhelming fatigue and inability to handle stress. Some experts believe that upwards of 80% of the population suffers from some level of adrenal insufficiency. More and more alternative health practitioners are beginning to recognize how widespread adrenal fatigue (hypoadrenia) is in the general population. The symptoms listed below provide a more complete picture of adrenal fatigue:

Allergies

Most allergies involve an inflammatory process. As the adrenal function decreases, allergies worsen. Generally, if the adrenal glands were functioning properly, the body would not respond to the allergen. This same anti-inflammatory effect is important in asthma also. As the adrenal glands heal, allergies are markedly reduced.

Asthma, Bronchitis or Chronic Cough

Any person with lung problems, especially asthma and bronchitis should be checked for poor adrenal function. The lungs cannot respond appropriately to stress, allergens etc because of lack of cortisol. Asthma is often considered an emotional disease because stress can trigger an attack. Fix the adrenals so the body can respond normally to stress and the asthma will disappear.

Behavior & Memory Problems

Cortisol even regulates the electrical activity of neurons in the brain and thus influences behavior, mood and memory. Behavior changes frequently occur in both excess and deficient cortisol levels. Sleep disorders for example, are common with both high and low cortisol. Symptoms more closely related to adrenal fatigue involve decreased tolerance (quick to anger), decreased clarity of thought, poor memory and memory retrieval.

Dizziness

When a person stands from a sitting or lying position, the systolic blood pressure usually rises about 10 points as blood vessels in the lower body constrict to force blood to the heart, lungs and brain. This is a result of the action of epinephrine on the blood vessels. In people with adrenal fatigue, the blood vessels are unable to respond to the release of epinephrine because of lack of cortisol, so blood pools in the abdomen and pelvis and blood pressure drops. This systolic drop ranges from 10 to 40 points and is present in over 90% of those with hypoadrenia. Dizziness is usually present on standing; however, in some people it is present intermittently or constantly throughout the day as even resting blood pressure is low. Paradoxically, in order to prevent pooling of blood in the abdomen and lower extremities, the body may keep blood pressure extremely elevated. Pressure will still drop when the person stands but only to around 150. Remember, it may have been 180 or higher before standing. Treating the adrenals will lower blood pressure whereas anti-hypertensives and diuretics will make the adrenal problems worse in many cases.

Excessive Thirst & Urination

A person with low aldosterone may also urinate 15 to 20 times a day and drink excessive quantities of water. Unless salt is added to the water, the fluid/electrolyte balance in the body is further disrupted.

Headaches

This is caused again by blood pooling in the abdomen and pelvis leading to inadequate blood supply to the head.

Heart Sounds

The heart normally makes a “lub-dub sound, with the second sound being much quieter than the first sound. In a person with hypoadrenia, the second sound will be equal or louder than the first sound over the pulmonic valve. When the body is stressed, it produces epinephrine which will cause vasoconstriction throughout most of the body, including the lungs. This vasoconstriction decreases the production of mucous in the airways. At the same time, epinephrine will relax the bronchi (bronchodilation) allowing more air to reach the lungs. In those with adrenal fatigue, the body cannot respond to the epinephrine because of lack of cortisol so they experience bronchoconstriction instead, leading to symptoms of asthma. The bronchoconstriction, along with vasodilation and swelling of the mucous membranes create a back pressure in pulmonary circulation (pulmonary hypertension) that causes the pulmonary valve to slam shut, hence the accentuated second sound over the pulmonic valve. Lung diseases such as tuberculosis or tumors can also cause this loud 2nd sound.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are basically varicose veins of the rectum and are caused by blood pooling in the abdomen and pelvis. When a person presents with hemorrhoids, it is usually do to adrenal fatigue, but can be caused by liver congestion. Once again, listening to the heart can help determine the cause. If the loud second sound is over the pulmonic valve, it is indicative of adrenal problems, while a loud 2nd sound over the tricuspid valve is indicative of liver congestion.

Hyperpigmentation

Although more often seen in actual Addison’s disease, hyperpigmentation is occasionally seen in adrenal fatigue. This increased pigmentation of the skin may show up as “bronzing” somewhere on the body or as unusual brown.

Hypoglycemia

As adrenal fatigue progresses, blood glucose levels will tend to fall too low. The body responds to hypoglycemia by causing the person to crave anything that will rapidly raise blood sugar levels, such as a soda, candy bar, a cup of coffee or even cigarettes. Often adrenal fatigue leads to the abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs because of the need to “fix” recurrent hypoglycemia. Unfortunately, the rapid rise in blood glucose provided by the “fix” only serves to start the whole cycle over.

Indigestion

The same sluggish circulation in the abdomen can cause symptoms of indigestion and poor absorption of nutrients.

Inflammation

Cortisol and other glucocorticoids produced by the adrenal glands are the body’s own anti-inflammatory hormones. People who have responded to injections of corticosteroids into joints or to taking them orally are usually those whose adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of these hormones. Any person who responds to corticosteroids should be checked for adrenal fatigue.

Muscle Weakness & Back Pain

Dr. Goodheart identified five skeletal muscles which can indicate adrenal function. These are 1) sartorius, 2) gracilis, 3) posterior tibialis, 4) gastrocnemius, and 5) soleus. When the adrenal glands are malfunctioning, there will be weakness in one or more of these muscles. The sartorius and gracilis attach on the pelvis. Weakness in these muscles can cause the sacro-iliac joint to subluxate posteriorally (toward the back) leading to low back pain. In persons with adrenal fatigue, low back pain is frequently caused by instability of the pelvis rather than an actual back problem. These same two muscles also attach to the knee and help provide support. Weakness will cause knee pain, weakness and instability of the joint. Any person with knee problems should be checked for adrenal fatigue. The other 3 muscles mentioned stabilize the feet and ankles. Weakness of any of these muscles leads to complaints of tired, aching feet, weak ankles or aching calves. The symptoms related to the muscle weakness will improve when the adrenal glands are treated.

Recurrent Infections

Severe and/or recurrent infections (especially respiratory) often indicate adrenal problems. The more severe, the more frequently it occurs or the longer it lasts, the more likely adrenal fatigue is involved in the infection.

Salt Craving

The adrenal glands produce many more hormones than just glucocorticoids. One very important hormone is aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid. Aldosterone regulates fluid and electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium) in the blood, between and in the cells of the body. As adrenal fatigue progresses, the production of aldosterone lessens. This causes “salt-wasting”. As the salt is excreted by the kidneys, water follows leading to electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. Those with adrenal fatigue should always add salt (preferably sea salt with its trace minerals) to their water. Soft drinks and electrolyte drinks like Gatorade are high in potassium and low in sodium, the opposite of what someone with low cortisol needs. Commercial electrolyte drinks are designed for those who produce high cortisol when exercising, not for someone who produces little or no extra cortisol during exercise. You need to add 1⁄4 to 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of water or eat something salty to maintain fluid/electrolyte balance.

Sleep Disturbances

Cortisol production follows a curve from highest levels around 8am, dropping throughout the day until the lowest levels are reached about 11pm. In early stages of adrenal fatigue the body compensates with high night time cortisol. In this case the person finds it difficult to relax from the stress of the day and has trouble going to sleep. High night-time cortisol results in reduced REM sleep which is neither restful nor restorative. This can lead to depression and reduced energy levels the next day. In later stages of adrenal fatigue, the body may produce adrenaline (“fight or flight” hormone) in an attempt to compensate for low cortisol. This too will result in insomnia.

Swelling

As the body tries to keep the ratio of electrolytes and fluid balanced, fluid may pour into the tissues and cause swelling. Most doctors will only see the symptom and not the cause and prescribe a diuretic which further compounds the dehydration and electrolyte imbalance and making the patient worse.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins of the lower extremities result from the same pooling of blood in the abdomen and pelvis that causes hemorrhoids.

Fixing Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal glands are very complex parts of the endocrine system producing glucocorticoids (cortisol is the most important), mineralocorticoids (aldosterone), epinephrine, norepinephrine and even sex hormones. Adrenal fatigue affects every part of the body and every aspect of life. If you are experiencing the symptoms described above it is imperative you find a practitioner and get tested and treated. It may be helpful to print this out and take it to your practitioner. Saliva cortisol testing usually includes the sex hormones too and can be ordered from several on-line sites without a doctor’s order. If you do it this way though, testing will not be covered by insurance. Saliva testing is the most accurate test because it shows the rhythm of cortisol production and because it shows how much cortisol is present that the body can actually use. Blood tests only show bound cortisol which gives no indication if that cortisol is actually available to enter the tissues. Many people test “normal” on blood cortisol yet very low on saliva.

Treating Lower Cross Syndrome

Learn more about Lower Cross Syndrome and how Valley Health Clinic can help

Lower cross syndrome refers to a pattern of various tightened and weak muscles. This body pattern can decrease strength, flexibility, range of motion and lead to further degenerative processes. It is commonly seen in people with Piriformis syndrome or Sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Lower cross syndrome consists of various tightened and weak muscles. The tight muscles are generally as follows: hip flexors such as (iliopsoas and rectus femoris), and erector spinae muscle The weakened muscles are as follows: abdominal muscles and gluteus maximus.

The Problem

Inactive gluteal muscles or overactive hip flexors can facilitate development of many problems including Piriformis and SI joint pain. When the gluteals are not activating the hamstrings, adductor magnus, and piriformis have to perform work overtime. Resulting hypertrophy of the piriformis which produces sciatic symptoms. Also many of these large and small muscles have relationships with the ligaments of the sacroiliac joint. When they are tight they can restrict proper motion in the pelvis causing sacroiliac joint pain.

A major cause for inactive gluteals is overactive hip flexors (psoas major, iliacus, and rectus femoris). This imbalance usually occurs where the hip flexors have been trained to be too short and tight, such as when someone sits with hips flexed, as in sitting all day at work.

Another cause of tight hip flexors is athletes engaging in forward-moving activities, such as runners and bicyclists. When not balanced by lateral movement of the legs, repeated forward movements can lead to disproportionately weak hip abductors and tight adductors. This can cause the piriformis muscle to shorten and severely contract. These athletes need to balance their activities by engaging in lateral stretching and strengthening exercises.

A Solution, Prirformis Stretch

Perform a 10 seconds Piriformis stretch – re-align your pelvis, prevent sciatica.

A Solution, Sacroiliac Joint Mobilization

See an example of sacroiliac joint mobilization.

A Solution, Sacroiliac Joint Stabilization

See an example of advanced sacroiliac joint stabilization.