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Black Bone Rattan Herb: Benefits & Side Effects

Black bone rattan (黑骨藤) is a medicinal herb that’s often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat rheumatism. Black bone rattan trees can grow up to 4 meters high and are native in China’s Anhui, Zhejiang, Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces. It mainly grows in dense mountain forests or hillside shrubs at an altitude of 500-2000 meters.

In this article, we’re interviewing two Chinese Medicine practitioners Li Yan and Zhang Tian Peng about the benefits and side effects of black bone rattan.

What are the benefits of Black Bone Rattan?

Answer by: Li Yan, Head Chief of the Department of TCM, Nanning Second People’s Hospital.

Heigutengxin, warm, has the effects of dispelling rheumatism, clearing the meridians and promoting blood circulation.

Rheumatoid arthritis is generally caused by physical weakness, recurrence of wind, cold and dampness, and the obstruction of the meridian by the pathogens. This product can treat joint pain and tendons caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

It can be used in conjunction with Wei Lingxian. If the upper limb pain is severe, and the black bone vine can cooperate with mulberry branches and Qianghuo. If the lower extremity pain is severe, and the black bone vine can be compatible with Alone and Achyranthes.

Black Bone Rattan also has the function of dredging the collaterals, can treat blood stasis and pain caused by bruises, and can be used in conjunction with the beetle.

Black Bone Rattan can also treat breast tenderness and tenderness caused by the initial stage of mastitis. After boiling, apply externally to the breast painful area. This herb contains a lot of alkaloids, which has a bactericidal effect.

What are the side effects of Black Bone Rattan?

Answer by: Zhang Tianpeng, Head of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Jixi City People’s Hospital

The main side effects of Black Bone Rattan tea is its relatively strong ‘coldness’. Therefore, if overconsumed, it can easily cause discomfort in the digestive tract, especially nausea, vomiting and even diarrhea in patients.

When you suffer from diarrhea after use, it’s important to immediately stop the use. Long-term application can cause diarrhea to become chronic, which is harmful to the body.

Black Bone Rattan also affects other organs of the human body. For example, it can inhibit the secretion of uric acid and cause gout, and can also cause joint pain in the human body. This may sound strange, as the herb is also used to threat joint pain. Whether or not the herb is effective in treating rheumatism, depends on the patients specific conditions. If the pain is caused mainly by to much heat and inflammation, Black Bone Rattan can be highly effective when used in the right amounts. When joint pain is caused by severe coldness. Black Bone Rattan will make the situation worse.

Thus, Black Bone Rattan is not suitable for everyone as a health product. It is best to apply it under the guidance of professionals. I personally do not recommend it as a long-term drink. Although it has certain effects, the side effects are also great. This point cannot be ignored.

Where To Buy Black Bone Rattan?

Black Bone Rattan is hardly available outside of China, unless you visit a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. Neither do we recommend to buy this herb yourself without the guidance of an expert. If you’re a medicinal practitioner yourself, you may contact to help you source and buy Black Bone Rattan. This herb is available in instant brew packages or unprocessed dried form.

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