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The All-Purpose Chinese Herbal Remedy: Evil Bone Water

There is nothing I love more than giving my patients tools to use at home to supplement their acupuncture treatments, and Evil Bone Water has become a quick fan favorite for such a purpose!

What the heck is Evil Bone Water (Zheng Xie Gu Shui), anyway?!

It's a rather mysterious looking bottle, with words most of us can't pronounce and no instruction label... Well, that's where I come in, your faithful acupuncturist, to elucidate upon the wonders that lie within the confines of these amber glass vessels.

I can't very well talk about Evil Bone Water (EBW) without giving huge amounts of praise to the developer, acupuncturist and herbalist Dr. Mark Brinson of Saint Apothecary, who refined a 200-year-old formula (Zheng Gu Shui) with the highest grade herbs, made in small batches to ensure the greatest levels of quality control, resulting in a superior product that is unrivaled in the topical herbal liniment space.

Intriguing... What can I use it for?

So many things!

  • Injuries of almost all sorts, especially incidental or sports injuries

  • Muscle & ligament pain

  • Spinal & bone pain

  • Joint pain

  • Bruising

  • Inflammation

  • Sprains & strains

  • General pain

  • Insect bites/stings

Now, about those Instructions..

First things first - EBW is a TOPICAL solution - for the love of all that's holy, do not ingest/drink this solution!!

EBW bottles come with a super-handy spray top to make it simple to spray and apply to treatment areas. You can also opt to apply to a cotton ball, then to skin, if you want to concentrate on a smaller area. I advise patients to use it as often as they feel drawn to, or if it feels like pain is creeping back up. There is no set amount of uses in a day, so no risk of over-use. The only caution is in the case of applying with a cotton ball or anything that is going to remain in contact with the skin - you can tape the cotton to the skin, but not for more than 90 minutes. Do not leave on longer than this or overnight (spray is perfectly fine overnight). There is a risk of skin irritation if you keep the cotton ball taped to the skin for longer than 90 minutes - you would also want to let the skin breathe and not reapply in the same manner for 8 hours. When in doubt, just spray and rub in - it's the easiest way to apply and remember!


You get a lot of bang for your buck in the EBW solution. Here is the full ingredient list (please note, there are no synthetic ingredients, all components are sustainable, ethically sourced and microscopically tested. Also non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, pesticide-free, contaminant-free and no animal products used):

  • Zhang Nao (Camphor) - Improves circulation in the local area it's applied to

  • Bo He Nao (Menthol) - Aromatic and cooling, clears heat from the body

  • San/Tian Qi (Notoginseng, Pseudoginseng) - Helps with bleeding, stagnant blood, bruising, swelling, inflammation and pain

  • Ji Gu Xiang (Japanese Knot Weed) - Helps with bruising and sprain inflammation

  • Gui Pi (Cinnamon Bark) - Relaxes muscles, promotes circulation with warming effect

  • E Zhu (Zedoary Rhizome, Rhizoma Curcumae) - Promotes the circulation of energy 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 stagnation, helps open channels/meridians

  • Bai Niu Dan (Inula Cappa DC) - Helps dispel wind, lessening dampness

  • Qian Jin Ba (Philippine Flemingia Root) - Strengthens the tendons and bones, astringes the lungs and relieves sore throat

Awesome! Where do I sign up?!

We carry EBW in our clinic, Bliss Body, at 83 Great Road in Acton, Massachusetts, 01720. Please make an appointment ahead of time as we are not a walk-in clinic! EBW sells for $37.65 + MA sales tax, which totals $40.00/bottle. We encourage everyone to give it a try - and please report back all the cool things EBW is doing for you and your loved ones! Happy Healing!!


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