What in the world is Evil Bone Water?

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What in the world is Evil Bone Water?

It is neither evil, nor bone, nor water. 😉

Evil Bone Water is a topical liniment made from a thousand-year-old Chinese herbal formula but is now made in the U.S.

I’m sure very few will remember back in the early days of my clinic, I was using a Chinese liniment called Zheng Gu Shui in a little red bottle, but it just didn’t seem to work as well as some of my other topicals so I stopped using it.

(Hello, Deep Blue Rub – you’re still one of my favorites!)

An American acupuncturist and herbalist researched the original formula, selected a higher grade of herbal ingredients, and created a better version – Evil Bone Water.

The name is a tongue-in-cheek alteration from the original Chinese translation of the formula name. But it is not evil. And certainly don’t drink it! It’s made for external use only.

Common uses for Evil Bone Water include:

o Joint pain
o Muscle & ligament pain
o Bruising
o Sprains/Sports injuries
o General pain
o Cuts & insect bites

These are the herbal ingredients and their main function:

Plant Ingredients

Zhang Nao (Camphor) – circulation
Bo He Nao (Menthol) – cooling
San Qi (Notoginseng) – bruising & swelling
Ji Gu Xiang (Japanese Knot Weed) – inflammation
Gui Pi (Cinnamon Bark) – warming & relaxing
E Zhu (Rhizoma Curcumae) – circulation
Bai Zhu (Atractylodis Macrocephalae Rhizoma) – pain relieving
Hu Zhang (Knotweed Rhizome) – invigorating
Bai Niu Dan (Inula Cappa) – reduce swelling
Qian Jin Ba (Philippine Flemingia Root) – strengthening

How to Use

Apply to the skin up to 3 times a day.

You can either use the regular top or a spray top (provided). Either spritz over desired area and massage in, or dab onto a cotton ball and rub the cotton over the area.

Available in the clinic

You can swing by any time we’re open to pick up a bottle.

I also keep an open bottle in each treatment room if you want to try it during your appointment.

Tip: Thankfully, this formula does not contain the red dye that the little red bottle did (why they dyed it is beyond me). It absorbs very quickly and will not discolor the skin, but I don’t recommend spraying it near light-colored clothing.

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