Zheng Gu Shui / AUTHENTIC Chinese Patent Medicine
ZHENG GU SHUI
Zheng Gu Shui (literally: rectify bones liquid) is a widely used topical therapy for injuries. It is produced by Guangxi Yulin Pharmaceutical Factory. The factory was founded in 1956 and has since become one of China's fifty top-rated pharmaceutical industrial enterprises, with more than 700 employees, including 200 technicians. The company has strong technical support, modern facilities, and advanced manufacturing and testing equipment. The production processes meet the Chinese and Australian Good Manufacturing Practices standards. The company produces 11 types of medicines, including tincture, capsule, tablet, and syrup formats. Of them, Zheng Gu Shui and Ji Gu Cao Wan (a remedy for hepatitis in pill form) won the best quality award from public health ministry. The products of this factory are popular throughout China for their dependable quality and remarkable effect, and they are exported to more than 20 countries. In 1997, the factory was given the honorary title of "advanced group of the national medical system" by the state personnel ministry and state pharmaceutical administration.
The ingredients for Zheng Gu Shui have been listed differently from time to time, no doubt an attempt to prevent imitation and also to meet international requirements regarding allowed ingredients. It is not known whether the formulation has changed, or just the label, usually only the label is modified. The following is a partial list based on evaluation of the lists provided on labels over time:
|Ingredients Indicated on Various Labels|
|Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) rhizome (hu zhang)|
|Guangxi Zedoaria rhizome (guang xi e zhu)|
|Croton root (ji gu xiang) listed as "camphor wood"|
|Angelica root (bai zhi)|
|Moghania root (yi tiao gen, qian jin ba)|
|Inula cappa root (tu mu xiang, da li wang)|
|Tien-chi ginseng root (san qi)|
|Cinnamon bark (gui zhi)|
The formula is in a water-alcohol base and is indicated for backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains, to be applied 3-4 times per day. Menthol and camphor are common active ingredients in topical liniments.