A 3,000-year-old Chinese herbal bone health formula that has recently been launched in the UK looks set to fill the void left by the inadequate, even dangerous, conventional bone-building drugs, like Fosamax, weve had to rely on for so long.
And when we say it boosts bone health, were not just talking about osteoporosis: The reports HSI have read claim that this remedy can actually heal bone fractures in as little as three weeks literally half the usual healing time.
It has produced remarkable results in clinical trials and is now routinely used in many of Chinas most prestigious hospitals. The formula, marketed under the name Osteoking, includes astralagus root, Asian ginseng root, safflower, tienchi ginseng root, Eucommia bark, tangerine peel, and purified water.
Taken individually, these ingredients each have their own benefits, yet combined in the manner and ratios found in Osteoking, they appear to have a more specialised bone-building action.
Targets what the Chinese believe is the most important organ for maintaining bone health
A lot of the material and research discussing bone health from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view, talks about the importance of the kidneys a vital Qi (life force) organ.
Healthy kidneys convert a hormone called calcitriol, which enables your body to absorb calcium, to its active form of vitamin D. When your kidneys are not working well, they start to make less calcitriol so even if you eat calcium, your body cant absorb it. Thats when your parathyroid hormone (PTH) kicks in to make sure you always have enough calcium in your blood.
PTH is produced by several small, bean-like parathyroid glands in your neck whose job is to tell your bones to release calcium into your bloodstream. Over time, this process can actually weaken your bones.
Understanding this important link, it makes sense that some of Osteokings individual ingredients astragalus, ginseng, and Eucommia bark are known for their tonic effects on the kidneys. But Osteoking also has more direct effects on bone formation.
Why you should pay special attention to your bone health if youre 50+
To get a better idea of how Osteoking works, it helps to know more about the actual structure of your bones and how theyre made. Two types of bone cells are involved in the bone-building process: osteoclasts and osteoblasts.
The osteoclasts break down existing bone to make way for new bone. After the osteoclasts do their work, the osteoblasts trigger the bone-building thats necessary to replace the bone that has been lost. From childhood until around the age of 30, the osteoblasts work harder than the osteoclasts, which means more bone is built than lost.
For a while, the osteoclasts and the osteoblasts work pretty evenly, but around the age of 50, the osteoclasts begin to outpace the osteoblasts, which means more bone is lost than is newly made. This is what causes bone density to decrease.
An animal study conducted at Kunming Medical Colleges Department of Orthopedics in China, has shown that Osteoking is able to improve bone health by boosting levels of osteoblasts. Researchers studied three groups: one group received no treatment, one received a saline/model treatment, and the remaining group received Osteoking.
In the no-treatment group, researchers noted that the bone cells were normal. In the saline/model group, the bone tissue deteriorated and even showed some bleeding. But in the Osteoking group, more osteoblasts were seen, along with more calcium salt deposits. The bone in the saline/model group was also soft and easily cut, while the Oseteoking groups bone was dense and hard to cut.1
98% improvement in fracture healing following the use of Osteoking
Several human clinical trials have also shown promising results. HSI reviewed a copy of the final report on the treatment of 60 cases of traumatic fracture with Osteoking from the Department of Orthopaedics at the Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Kunming City.
The clinical evaluation showed that Osteoking reduced swelling by 95 per cent and improved fracture healing by over 98 per cent. It also appeared to be 98 per cent effective as an analgesic (pain-killer).2
In another study carried out at the Department of Orthopaedics in the 59th Central Hospital of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) in China, researchers studied the effects of Osteoking in 60 people, all with traumatic fractures documented by X-rays.
Study subjects in the Osteoking group took 25ml of Osteoking every other day for 12 days. The control group subjects took four capsules of a formula called Yushangling three times per day for 24 days.
At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that: The efficiency rates of analgesic, repercussion, and fracture union of the Osteoking group were more significant than those of the Yushangling capsule group. The Osteoking formula demonstrates improved effects on the union of fractures. It could shorten the time required for such a union to occur.3
Taking Osteoking could avoid the need for painful hip replacement operations
Researchers at the Kunming Medical College have studied Osteokings ability to combat bone necrosis (when bone erodes or slowly dies). The researchers administered the suggested dosage of Osteoking (25ml taken every other day at bedtime) to subjects needing treatment for necrosis of the hip. The duration of treatment varied depending on the state of illness of each subject, ranging from 180 days to 720 days, and was combined with a course of exercise.
Of these cases, 51 subjects had necrosis in both hips and 25 had necrosis in just one hip, which makes for a grand total of 127 hips that the researchers evaluated. Among the 127 hips, 105 showed good results from the treatment.
And only three of the 15 severe cases went on to receive hip replacement operations. While not all subjects experienced these results, after half a year to one year of taking Osteoking, many showed repair and changes around the necrosis region.4
What to take for best results
The recommended dosage is one bottle (25 ml) of Osteoking taken every other day at bedtime your bodys natural regeneration period. For best results, it is recommended that you take it for at least one month.
Contraindications: No adverse effects have been reported following Osteokings use at the recommended dosage. However, it is not recommended for use by pregnant woman, those with mental disease, glaucoma, or anyone suffering from heart, lung or kidney failure or excessive bleeding.
1. Shu Ye. ‘Pharmacodynamic Research on OSTEOKING.’ Kunming Medical College, Kunming, China. 12/28/98
2. Zhao Hong Bin ZH, et al. ‘Experimental Research on The Treatment of Hormonal Necrosis of the Femoral Head.’ The 1st Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical College Department of Orthopedics, 12/15/02
3. Min C, Kun WJ, Qiong WB, Yu LL. ‘Final Report on the Treatment of 60 cases of Traumatic Fracture with OSTEOKING.’ Department of Orthopedics, Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kunming City, China, 9/00
4. Maoming X, Yuanshan W, Minquan Z, et al. ‘Observation of the effect of OSTEOKING on traumatic fractures.’ 59th Central Hospital of PLA, Kunming City, China, 6/00