Zheng Gu Shui liniment for Injury Healing

Zheng Gu Shui liniment for Injury Healing

18 April 2017 by Caitlin Armit

What is Zheng Gu Shui?

Zheng Gu Shui has always been my go-to liniment of choice for assisting injury recovery of conditions such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and patellar tendonitis (runner’s knee). It is commonly prescribed for injuries to tendon, ligament or bone which tend to have less adequate circulation than muscles. The name Zheng Gu Shui loosely translates as Bone Righting Water.

This formula, which is popular among martial arts practitioners and athletes, acts as a mild analgesic, promotes circulation, reduces bruising and swelling, and strengthens connective tissue.


Notoginseng Radix (tián qī)

Curcumae Rhizoma (é zhú)

Polygoni Cuspidati Rhizoma (hǔ zhàng)

Cinnamomi Ramulus (guì zhī)

Crotonis Crassifolii Radix (jī gǔ xiāng)

Angelicae Dahuricae Radix (bái zhǐ)

Moghaniae Radix (qiān jīn bá)

Inulae Cappae Herba (bái niú dǎn)

Mentholum (bò hé nǎo)

Camphora (zhāng nǎo)

Instructions for Use

Saturate a small piece of gauze with Zheng Gu Shui and apply to the affected area being careful not to let it drip all over the place. Zheng Gu Shui is a brownish/yellowish liquid which can stain surfaces (it looks a bit like Betadine but smells like delicious menthol and herbs). Ideally this gauze should be left on for 1-2 hours so try to do this at a time where you can be relatively still and not interrupted. This should be done daily in the acute stages of injury.

Things You Need to Know First – Injury Healing

  • External use only! Do not ingest this formula.
  • Zheng Gu Shui is warming/heating in nature – patch test first if you are prone to skin sensitivities and discontinue use if your skin becomes irritated from the formula.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after application.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth or genitals with liniment on your hands – you will regret this….
  • Do not use on open wounds
  • Flammable liquid – do not use near an open flame.

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