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Zheng Gu Shui / External Analgesic Lotion / Relief Pain


Zheng Gu Shui (正骨水) is a famous Chinese herbal liniment for the temporary relief of minor aches of muscles and joints.


What does it do

Zheng Gu Shui, or “bonesetting water” literally, is a liniment popular with athletes, sports fans, and martial art fans alike. It is used to temporarily relieve pains and promote healing from injuries after activities or accidents by applying topically to the skin. The liniment belongs to the type of Chinese herbal liniments known as dit da jow or die da jiu, which is traditionally made by soaking a set of Chinese herbs in alcohol for a lengthy time. In the process, herbal ingredients are slowly released and thus extracted into the liquid. The reputation Zheng Gu Shui enjoys is largely attributable to its century-old herbal formulation, which is properietary.

From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Zheng Gu Shui promotes blood circulation to disperse blood stasis, soothes the channels and invigorates the collaterals to relax tendons and muscles, and reduces swelling and pain.

As a topical analgesic lotion, Zheng Gu Shui helps relieve minor aches and pains of muscles and joints due to simple backache, strains, bruises, and sprains.

Zheng Gu Shui may be applied before exercise as well to relax tendons and muscles and increase energy. Simply rub or spray the lotion on the skin. One may even mix some Zheng Gu Shui with water in a bathtab and take bath to enjoy relaxation of a tired body.


Additional information


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How to use


Active Ingredients: Camphor 5.6%, Menthol 15%.

Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum Siebold & Zucc.) rhizome, Paniculate swallowwort [Pycnostelma paniculatum (Bge.) K. Schum.] root, shin-leaf prickly ash [Zanthoxylum nitidum (Roxb.) DC.] root, water, zedoary rhizome.


Soak a cotton swab with Zheng Gu Shui and gentally apply to the affected area, or spray the liquid to the affected area and rub gentally for 2 to 3 times daily.

In more severe cases, soak a cotton ball with Zheng Gu Shui and leave the ball on top of the affected area for 1 hour. The cotton may be loosely wrapped with gauze as needed.

Do not apply more than 4 times per day.

Children under 2 years of age: Do not use, consult a doctor.


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