from Health Concerns
Bu Shen Huo Xue
Backbone is a Chinese herbal formula used for low back pain, and weakness of the back and knees. Backbone is a warm formula intended for those who present with kidney Yang deficiency. Other uses for Backbone include incontinence, spermatorrhea, impotence, premature ejaculation, or impairment of hearing and eyesight when these symptoms stem from Kidney Yang deficiency.
General signs, other than those indicated above, include cold limbs, fatigue, pale face color, a pale tongue, a deep, weak, slow pulse, spiritual lassitude, and weakness and pain in the low back or knees. The formula is especially effective for low back pain and urogenital/sexual dysfunctions that are commonly part of kidney deficiency patterns. While addressing the primary pattern of Yang deficiency, Backbone also includes agents to dispel cold and damp and to move blood in order to eliminate stagnation in the low back, thus making the formula effective for chronic problems.
Eucommia (Du Zhong), Woodwardia (Gou Ji), Acanthopanax (Wu Jia Pi), Dipsaci (Xu Duan) and Tortoise shell (from Chinemys reevesii)(Gui Ban) strengthen bones, muscles and sinews. Cyathulae (Chuan Niu Xi), Tang Kuei Tails (Dang Gui Wei), Carthamus (Hong Hua) and Myrrh (Mo Yao) invigorate blood circulation and eliminate pain. Psoralea (Bu Gu Zhi), Cuscuta (Tu Si Zi), Cistanche salsa (Rou Cong Rong) and Cornus (Shan Zhu Yu) strengthen the kidney. Rehmannia (Shu Di Huang) nourishes the blood.
Manufacturer’s suggested dosage:
3 tablets, 3 times a day.
Eucommia bark (Du Zhong), Psoralea fruit (Bu Gu Zhi), Woodwardia orientalis rhizome (Gou Ji), Cuscuta seed (Tu Si Zi), Cistanche salsa herb (Rou Cong Rong), Rehmannia (cooked) root (Shu Di Huang), Tortoise shell (from Chinemys reevesii) (Gui Ban), Cyathula root (Chuan Niu Xi), Acanthopanax cortex (Wu Jia Pi), Tang Kuei Tails root (Dang Gui Wei), Dipsacus root (Xu Duan), Carthamus flower (Hong Hua), Myrrh resin (Mo Yao), Cornus fruit (Wu Zhu Yu)
Chinese Therapeutic Effects:
Supplements Kidney Yang and Dispels Cold
Strengthens the Sinews and Bones
Quickens Blood and Dissipates Stasis
Strengthens the Back and Knees