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Bonekinder™ (Gu Ci Xiao Tong Wan, Gu Ci Xiao Tong Pian, 骨刺消痛丸) is a Chinese herbal medicine used for maintaining bone health.
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    What does it do?

    Bones keep our body in shape, protect our vital organs, and allow us to move. Bone health is surely important. As we age, bones gradually lose their density and become more fragile; joints wear and tear, make the bones rub each other, causing bone outgrowth to form bone spurs and inflammation (osteoarthritis, OA) with pain, swelling, and stiffness. Joint inflammation may be caused by extensive and repeating sport activities as well.

    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.

    What is the formula composition?

    A proprietary blend of

    Herba Cistanches Deserticolae
    Herba Xanthii Sibirici
    Rhizoma Drynariae
    Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae
    Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
    Fructus Psoraleae Corylifoliae
    Resina Boswelliae Carterii
    Radix Cyathulae Officinalis
    Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong
    Rhizoma Corydalis
    Radix Angelicae Sinensis
    Rhizoma Zingiberis Officinalis
    Semen Vaccariae Segetalis
    Resina Commiphorae Myrrhae
    (Rou cong rong)
    (Cang er cao)
    (Gu sui bu)
    (Bai shao)
    (Zhi fu zi)
    (Bu gu zhi)
    (Ru xiang)
    (Chuan niu xi)
    (Chuan xiong)
    (Yan hu suo)
    (Dang gui)
    (Gan jiang)
    (Wang bu liu xing zi)
    (Mo yao)
    What is Available?
    Guang Ci Tang® 40 grams in 200 mg 200 tablets or 200 mg 200 pills per bottle.

    Bonekinder™ is a Guang Ci Tang signature formula.

    Bonekinder™ tablets are made with 100% natural herbs that are tested for authenticity, quality, and potency. A traditional water decoction is prepared with the herbs to reproduce the time-tested efficacy of the formula, and this water decoction is concentrated with our proprietary technology to form a potent extract that is made into easily absorbed tablets, which are remarkably effective, easy to use, and safe. The tablets are produced by Guang Ci Tang® in our state of the art cGMP-certified facility and imported in accordance with U.S. FDA guidelines. When you choose Guang Ci Tang® products, you are taking advantage of a wonderful fusion of science and tradition that incorporates the highest standards in the field of Chinese medicine today.

    Please note that our tablets may appear neutral in finishing and a little brittle. You may observe a tiny bit of fine powder at the bottom of your bottle and occasionally one or a couple of broken tablets after transportation. This is because unlike other manufacturers, our tablets are not coated as part of our effort to minimize the use of excipients and to make them as pure as possible. These tablets can also be easily dissolved in hot water to serve as tea.

    Guang Ci Tang® Advantages
    Effective. Safe. Affordable
    • True 5:1 concentration
    • Double the strength of other brands
    • Minimal fillers and binders
    • No pharmaceuticals, sugar, or dyes
    • Comprehensive lab testing (e.g., heavy metals,etc.)
    • Made in a cGMP certified facility
    • Unbeatable value
    • Safely used in the USA since 1995

    Check for an independent US lab test report.

    How do I use it?

    Take 5 to 7 pills or tablets each time, three times daily.

    1. Do not use it during pregnancy.
    2. Not recommended if the body has warm sensation.
    3. Consult your herbalist or physician before use if you are taking other medicines.
    4. Keep out of reach of children.


    1. Xie YM, Ju DH, Zhao JN Effect of osteopractic total flavone on bone mineral density and bone histomorphometry in ovariectomized rats. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2004 Apr;29(4):343-6.
    2. Jeong JC et al., Drynariae Rhizoma promotes osteoblast differentiation and mineralization in MC3T3-E1 cells through regulation of bone morphogenetic protein-2, alkaline phosphatase, type I collagen and collagenase- Toxicol In Vitro. 2004 Dec;18(6):829-3
    3. Tsai MH et al., Psoralea corylifolia extract ameliorates experimental osteoporosis in ovariectomized rats. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(4):669-80.
    Bonekinder™ (Gu Ci Xiao Tong Wan) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My mom has been taking Bonekinder since Sept 2009 for osteoarthritis pain. My mom has been taking Bonekinder since Sept 2009 for osteoarthritis pain. It works well. She is 96 now.
    Date published: 2012-05-17
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