Traditional Chinese Medicine for Pain Relief

By: Bill Schoenbart & Ellen Shefi

Traditional Chinese Bone-Setting Liquid

Traditional Chinese Bone-Setting Liquid is a liniment formulated to relieve the pain of -- and help heal -- broken bones. Read the description and caution below for details on its use.

Chinese name: Zheng Gu Shui (juhng goo shway)


Also known as: Setting Bone Liquid



Traumatic injuries, bruises, sprains


Relieves blood stagnation, promotes healing, stops pain


This highly effective liniment can be used for all sorts of injuries; however, its specialty is to reduce pain and promote healing of broken bones. If the skin is not broken, it can be applied topically to the area of injury to relieve pain until the bone is set at the hospital. For sprains and sports injuries, it can be applied at any time. Similar effective liniments are Po Sum On Medicated Oil and Tieh Ta Yao Gin. If the skin is broken or burned at the site of the injury, use Wan Hua Oil, which is safe to apply in these conditions.

Caution: Do not use on open wounds. Some people experience a skin reaction from liniments; discontinue use immediately if a reaction develops. Avoid exposing the treated area to sun to avoid irritation. Wash hands thoroughly after applying. This patent is for external use only. Keep tightly closed and out of reach of children. Do not use Zheng Gu Shui near an open flame as it is flammable. This liniment stains clothing.

Manufacturer: Yulin Drug Manu­factory

There are many different types of pain, and many different types of pain relief. The traditional Chinese pain relief medicines described in this article contain natural, herbal ingredients whose effectiveness has been time-proven. Use this information to research a suitable treatment for your pain.

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Bill Schoenbart is licensed in both herbal medicine and acupuncture and has an M.A. in Chinese medicine. He is editor of The Way of Chinese Herbs and Biomagnetic and Herbal Therapy.

Ellen Shefi is a licensed massage technician, licensed acupuncturist, and registered dietician. She is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the American Herb Association, and the Oregon Acupuncture Association.