Zheng Gu Shui

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Zheng Gu Shui (Chinese: 正骨水; lit. 'bone-setting liquid') is a traditional Chinese liniment. This external analgesic is believed to relieve qi and blood stagnation, promote healing, and soothe pain.[1][2] The formula is known as Dit da jow in Cantonese or die da jiu in Mandarin.[3]

The liniment was used to treat fractures, broken bones and injuries suffered in combat. It is used today by practitioners of Chinese medicine to treat pain or trauma from backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains.

Zheng Gu Shui is also used by people who suffer from achy feet from long-time standing or people who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis by applying with a cotton ball and letting air dry before putting on socks and shoes. Due to its nature, it can stain clothing if not dried properly. Stains generally can be removed with a small amount of alcohol.[4][5]

Zheng Gu Shui


The ingredients in Zheng Gu Shui are listed as follows (percentages are not rounded up or down):

Alcohol is the base liquid to pull out the alkaloidal constituents.[6][7]


  1. ^ Bentley, Sarah. "Chinese Herbs: Zheng Gu Shui". Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  2. ^ Young, Kevin (June 2005). "Sports Injuries and TCM" (PDF). Journal of Chinese Medicine. No. 78 – via Google Scholar.
  3. ^ "Dit Da Jow — Institute for Classical Asian Medicine". Institute for Classical Asian Medicine. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  4. ^ "Zheng Gu Shui Liniment-East Meets West International". East Meets West. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  5. ^ "DailyMed - ZHENG GU SHUI- camphor, menthol liniment". dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  6. ^ Fratkin, Jake (1986). Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas. Boulder, Colorado: Shya Publications. p. 150. ISBN 0-9626078-2-7.
  7. ^ Hsu, Hong-Yen (1986). Oriental Materia Medica a concise Guide. Long Beach, California: The Oriental Healing Arts Institute. pp. 530, 334, 772–79. ISBN 0-94194222-8.