Zheng Gu Shui for circulation and varicose veins

Response to the enquiry:  “Zheng gu shui side effects”

The original zheng gu shui burned the skin, stained the clothes, and smelled like hell.  The newer product does not sting, smells a bit milder, but still stains the clothes.  The only side effect of zheng gu shui is staining your clothes.  Some more exotic liquid “rubs” like the “tiet da yau” or “tiet da shui” variety contain alcohol.  Zheng gu shui, White Flower Oil, Tiger Balm, do not contain alcohol.  You get about the same sting by rubbing raw ginger on your skin as you would get from applying zheng gu shui. 

This is a response to the enquiry (I assume):  

“Zheng Gu Shui for circulation and varicose veins” and

“Hot or cold Zheng Gu Shui?”

Zheng Gu Shui is usually applied cold.  However, if one takes a hot shower or even better, a hot tub bath, or a session in a jacuzzi with hot water jets blasting, then one gets out and puts Zheng Gu Shui on the skin, it does not really sting that much.  The pores are open and the Zheng Gu Shui seems to penetrate the skin better.  The high body temperature after a hot bath will “heat up” the Zheng Gu Shui. 

I always give the skin and the muscles a very good (pretty rough) rubbing after applying Zheng Gu Shui in my reflexology, acupressure and tui na sessions.   In one sense, I am generating heat by rubbing after applying Zheng Gu Shui.

Jolly good idea! 

When Zheng Gu Shui first came out, it smelled rather unpleasant, it stained clothing, and it burned the skin.  Now the product seems to be gentler on the skin and the nose but not on clothing.  Compared to other such liquid rubs like White Flower Oil which generates warmth,  Zheng Gu Shui feels cold on the skin when first applied but then it heats up and produces a stinging heat. 

The main purpose of Zheng Gu Shui is to relax the muscles and to get rid of muscle soreness.  It is not for headaches.  Its stinging heat does stimulate circulation.  I always give the tight muscles a very deep rub with my knuckles after applying Zheng Gu Shui. 

The heat generated by the application of Zheng Gu Shui should be able to soften coagulated blood.  One can apply Zheng Gu Shui on the varicose veins, then use the fingers to rub the veins pushing upward.  The increased circulation brought on by the Zheng Gu Shui should be able to pick up the remnant blood in the varicose veins and reduce the size of the blue veins.  I would then use some gauze to wrap the area up rather tightly to hinder further accumulation in the veins.  This combination should lighten and lessen the varicose veins. 

Some years ago, I suggested to some of my students who had varicose veins to put some mentholated ointment or vapor rub on the varicose veins and rub the veins upward.


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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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