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.


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?


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.


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.


  • 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.


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.