About The Chinese Rubber TreeDuo Huo- Chinese Herb for Herniated Disc

One of the best herbs to treat herniated disc pain is the bark from the Chinese rubber tree, or Eucommia. In Chinese it is known as Dù Zhòng, which is the name of the tree in Chinese.  The Chinese characters are 杜仲.  The Chinese herb is usually listed as one of the fifty essential herbs of Chinese Medicine.

As written above, normally the bark of the rubber tree is used, although some research has now been performed on the leaves as well.  The tree is the only species found in the genus Eucommia and is found in the south-central and southwest provinces of China the four main ones are Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hubei.  The tree only grows in China, although at one point, the fossil record shows it had a much broader distribution.

Map of China

Map of China

Mature rubber trees can reach a height of around 50 feet; the good news is that the tree is not killed to obtain the bark.  Patches of bark are peeled away from trees that are over 10 years old from late July to late September.  The inner bark contains a white, rubbery liquid that accounts for the Chinese rubber tree’s pharmacological properties

The bark has been used to treat many diseases such as lower back pain, herniated discs, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, liver disease, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, and aging.  It contains many compounds that promote healing and pain relief for patients with lower back pain, herniated discs, and sciatica.   You can read more about these compounds by visiting the websites below:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874113008179

http://www.chinaphar.com/1671-4083/22/1057.pdf

Chinese Rubber Tree Bark Contains Caffeic Acid

Caffeic acid is one of the anti-inflammatory compounds found in Chinese rubber tree bark.  You can read more about it below:

http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/caffeic_acid#section=Pharmacology-and-Biochemistry

 

Aucubin and Aucubigenin

This herb is rich in two more anti-inflammatory compounds like aucubin and aucubigenin which also protect the liver from chemical damage.  Another benefit that aucubin brings is that it also promotes collagen synthesis.  You can read more about these compounds here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18338591

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19735174

http://www.gastronet.it/scientifico/medline/ricerca.html?list_uids=10865447

 

Eucommia Bark Protects the Liver

Aucubin and geniposidic acid protect the liver from fatty liver disease.  Non-alcoholic risk factors to developing fatty liver disease include:

  • High cholesterol
  • High levels of triglycerides in the blood
  • Hypopituitaritism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type II Diabetes

More can be read about the liver protecting properties of the Chinese rubber tree bark below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3859480/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874112008926

 

Chinese Rubber Tree Bark Heals Herniated Discs and Promotes Bone Growth

Eucommiol from the bark promotes collagen synthesis which helps heal the discs and ligaments in the back.  Geniposidic acid and Aucubin also promote collagen synthesis as well.  This is great news for those who have suffered the pain of herniated discs.  Also, the ethanol extract from the Chinese rubber tree bark prevents oxidation damage to the cells and promotes bone growth..More information can be found below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10706411  

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9881644

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21194186

 

Use of Chinese Rubber Tree Bark at St. Louis Acupuncture

We routinely use Chinese rubber tree bark as an herbal remedy for herniated disc problems at St. Louis Acupuncture.  We have treated hundreds and hundreds of herniated disc cases over the past thirteen years.  The addition of Eucommia bark extract and other herbs to help treat herniated discs has kept many patients from having to resort to surgery.

One patient came in to get a second opinion because he didn’t want to have surgery.  We had moderate success with his case with acupuncture.  But, when we added Chinese rubber tree bark extract and a few other herbs his case showed improvement within a few days.  He was markedly better in a week.  After two weeks of taking the herbs and having daily acupuncture treatments he was pain free and his orthopedic tests were all negative.

 

Don’t Suffer Any Longer

As you have read, we have great success in treating patients who have herniated discs.  Many people tell us that they wished they had come to see us years earlier.  So, if you have back pain, herniated disc, sciatica, or other lower back, buttock, or leg pain; don’t hesitate to contact us.  Call us today at (314) 569-0057 or e-mail us at eric_waltemate@stlouisacupuncture.net

This Chinese Herb Treats Herniated Disc Pain

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