Bone damages like bone spurs and OA are not reversible, but the symptoms can be treated with pain killers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), which relieves pain but does not affect swelling, and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen, which decrease pain and swelling. Some people cannot take these medicines because of the adverse drug reactions.
Bone health has long been a focus in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which states that bones are governed by the kidneys, a primary source of essence of life and of the Yin and Yang energy. Thus, bone health requires a strong kidney function. When the kidney function is compromised, the bone mass gets more easily lost and joints are more easily worn out. TCM also considers osteoarthritis the result of stagnation of Qi and Blood in the joints caused by Wind, Cold, or Dampness.
Bonekinder™ is a Chinese herbal medicine formulated in the principle of TCM to maintain bone health. It tonifies the Kidneys to strengthen the bones and tendons, nourishes the Blood to promote circulation, dispels Wind and unblocks meridians to alleviate pain and reduce swelling.† Bonekinder consists of the following Chinese herbs:
Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche herb) is an important Chinese herb that nourishes the Kidneys and enhances the Yang energy.
Gu Sui Bu (Drynaria rhizome) nourishes the kidneys and is well known among Chinese medicines for its property in promoting healing of bones after injury. In studies of osteoporosis animal models, Drynaria extracts can significantly increase bone mineral density and promotes bone-forming osteoblast differentiation and mineralization;1,2
Bu Gu Zhi (Psoralea fruit) tonifies the kidneys, strengthens the Yang energy, reserves the essence. In studies of osteoporosis animal models, Psoralea extracts increase serum calcium levels and decrease urinary calcium excretion, reduce bone loss and lead to the gain in bone mineral density.3
Bai Shao (Paeonia root) nourishes the blood, harmonizes the liver and relieves pain.
Dang Gui (Angelica sinensis root) is a well known Chinese herb that both nourishes and moves the blood.
Chuan Xiong is a unique Chinese herb that both invigorates the Blood and moves Qi. It expels wind and relieves pain.
Chuan Niu Xi (Cyathula root) is famous for clearing Wind and Dampness, invigorating the blood and unblocking the channels. The Chinese herb also nourishes the liver and the kidneys to strengthen bones and tendons.
Ru Xiang (Boswellia) invigorates Blood and moves Qi to unblock channels and alleviates pain.
Mo Yao (Myrrh) invigorates Blood to remove blood stasis, reduces swelling, and relieves pain. It is often used together with Boswellia.
Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis rhizome) invigorates the Blood, moves Qi, and alleviates pain.
Fu Zi (Zhi) (Prepared Aconitum root) is perhaps the best known Chinese herb for restoring the Yang energy. It disperses cold, warms the channels, and alleviates pain.
Gan Jiang (Dry ginger) warms the middle and expels cold. is a unique Chinese herb that both invigorates the Blood and moves Qi. It expels wind and relieves pain.
Wang Bu Liu Xing (Vaccaria seeds) invigorates the Blood and reduces swelling.
| Herba Cistanches Deserticolae |
Herba Xanthii Sibirici
Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae
Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Fructus Psoraleae Corylifoliae
Resina Boswelliae Carterii
Radix Cyathulae Officinalis
Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
Radix Angelicae Sinensis
Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis
Semen Vaccariae Segetalis
Resina Commiphorae Myrrhae
| (Rou cong rong) |
(Cang er cao)
(Gu sui bu)
(Zhi fu zi)
(Bu gu zhi)
(Chuan niu xi)
(Yan hu suo)
(Wang bu liu xing zi)