Dragon Bone

Dragon Bone (Long Ru)Dragon Bone (Long Gu)

Botanical Name: Os Draconnis

In China, dragons symbolize dignity, strength and the flight of the Spirit (Shen). Dragon bones are the fossilized bones of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. They are rich in calcium carbonate and calcium phosphate and are used to calm the Spirit (Shen), evict ghosts, sooth nerves, stop dizziness and stop sweating. They bring the best of the ancients to bear on the present by soothing an anxious heart and rattled spirit. It is often eaten raw.

Below is an overview of Dragon Bone (Long Ru), combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Dragon Bone (Long Ru).

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Western

Western Name: Dragon Bone

Also Known As: Fossilized vertebrae and bones of the extremities.

Organs/Systems: Heart, Mind

Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Sedating, Tranquilizing, Astringent, Anti-convulsant.

Eastern

Pin Yin: Long Gu

Also Known As: N/A

Meridians: Heart, Kidney, Liver

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Calms the Spirit (Shen)/Anchors and Settles Qi: emotional upset, stress, insomnia, palpations with anxiety, even Seizures or mannic-withdrawal due to an agitated Heart and Spleen. Calms the Liver/Anchors Floating Yang: irritability, restlessness, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision due to Liver Yin deficiency causing Yang to raise upwards. Prevents Leakage of Fluids: spermatorrhea, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, nocturnal emissions, vaginal discharge and uterine bleeding. Topically: in powdered form for chronic, non-healing sores and ulcerations.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Most dragon bones are fossilized dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and extinct species of elephants and gazelles.

Most of the bones are found in the South of China where these ancient and extinct species once roamed.

Dragon Bone (Long Ru)Parts Most Frequently Used: Fossilized bones

Flavors/Temps: Sweet, Astringent, Neutral

Caution: Some sources indicates that dragon bone counteracts gypsum (Shi Gao) and that it ought not to be mixed with fish. Otherwise, it is considered very safe.

History/Folklore: In China, where the herb is most commonly used, the recommended dosage is typically 15 to 30 grams. It is cooked 20 to 30 minutes before other herbs can be added. If it is used raw it is for settling the nerves and calming Shen (Spirit). It can be crushed for using in a decoction. Dragon bone will often be combined with herbs that help strengthen digestion as used alone the fossils can be rough on the digestive system.

Dragon teeth (Long Chi) are fossilized teeth. They are astringent and cooling in nature with the same basic properties as dragon bone. Dragon teeth are especially noted for treating palpations with anxiety, insomnia, and dream-disturbed sleep. Dragon teeth are used to treat epilepsy, madness, spasms, inability to catch ones breath and manic running around.

As a substance that anchors and calms Shen (Spirit), dragon bone’s function is related to its weight and density. Beyond their properties and constituents, the weight and density of dragon bone is said to “weigh” upon the Heart so it can calm Shen (Spirit) that is associated with the Heart, helping to slow palpations and sooth flighty nerves.

It is believed to treat old ghosts and invasions of unwanted spirits, as it kills spiritual disrupters. It was thought that if taken correctly over time one’s body would become light (bright) enabling a person to live longer.

Calcining is the process of heating the fossil until it turns red in a low oxygen atmosphere that is used to treat diarrhea with pus and blood and vaginal discharge.

There are two types of dragon bone on the market. One is called “tu” (local), “fen” (powdery), or “bai” (white) dragon bone. The other is called “hua” (variegated or flowery) dragon bone. Bai Long Gu (White Dragon Bone), is characterized as being solid, hard to break and has no veins and is powdery. Hua Long Gu (Flowery Dragon Bone) is considered the higher quality version, it is easy to break, has lots of veins and comes in many colors.

In Chinese culture, dragons are a powerful ancient symbol of dignity, strength and spirit. They are auspicious, and are considered to control water, whether it be rainfall, typhoon or floods. They strengthen and combine the best of Yin and Yang and are considered to be a powerful symbol of the Cosmic Qi (Energy). The dragon is the symbol of the Chinese nation.

Key Constituents:

Calcium carbonate, Calcium phosphate, Iron, Potassium, Sulfates, Traces of Manganese, Magnesium, Copper.

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Best Quality?

The best quality dragon bone is easy to break and has lots of veins with a strong, moisture-absorbing quality.

Facts

Types of Ancient Bones

Most commonly used are the ancient bones of dinosaurs, extinct saber-toothed elephants, and woolly mammoth bones.

Fun fact!

Sleep Aid

Dragon bones are considered one of the best sleep aids in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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