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Frame Builder


Frame Builder is an herbal formulation designed to support the physical frame of the body, including the bones, joints and circulation


The Main Herbs in Frame Builder


Eucommia Bark


Eucommia Bark was the second herb ever described in a written text on herbs in China, playing second fiddle only to Ginseng, “the King of Herbs.” Shen Nong, the great founder of Chinese herbalism, described Eucommia bark as “a superior herb that can prolong life.” A “superior herb,” by definition, is an herb that may be consumed daily for the purpose of promoting health and well-being without side effects. Eucommia Bark has remained a virtual icon of tonic herbalism in Asia for thousands of years. It has been consumed by billions of people, and is consumed by millions of people today as a superior, life-enhancing tonic.


Eucommia Bark is traditionally used to tonify the Kidney, Liver and Heart functions, as described in Chinese health theory. It has a warm energy and is considered to be very strengthening, but it is not a “stimulant.” In fact, Eucommia Bark calms the nerves while strengthening the core of the body.


Eucommia Bark is the primary plant-sourced herb in Chinese herbalism used to tonify the Kidney Yang functions. Kidney Yang functions include such issues as our inner power, sexual vitality, structural integrity, mental creativity and immunological support. Eucommia is a superb Yang Jing tonic because it is simultaneously powerful and gentle. Its safety has been well established over many centuries. There has been no challenge to its safety in either historical or modern literature. It may be used continuously without causing over-excitation or imbalance of any sort. According to Chinese health theory, the Jing stored in the Kidneys is a determining factor in our potential longevity. According to traditional Chinese theory, Jing determines lifespan. Eucommia Bark helps restore spent Jing and helps maintain healthy levels of Jing once Jing levels are normal.


Eucommia Bark is traditionally considered to be particularly supportive to the lower back, legs, and to the skeletal structure. And although Eucommia Bark is primarily known as a powerful Yang Jing tonic, it is also a strong Yin Jing nourishing herb. Because it provides both Yang and Yin, it is a superb herb for men and women alike and can be used by almost anybody to support the functions of the endocrine system, to provide support to the physical structure, to promote sexual functions, to support normal growth, to and support the healthy functions of the cardiovascular system by supporting good blood circulation. Eucommia Bark is thus the quintessential example of a safe, mild and potent Kidney tonic that builds Jing, Qi and Shen, with an emphasis on its quintessential Jing building capability.


Eucommia Bark's first fame is in its Kidney tonifying effects as the primary herb in Chinese tonic herbalism for building a strong, sturdy, skeletal structure and strong flexible joints.  It is a tonic herb that strengthens structural tissue and improves structural competency at a fundamental level.


Drynaria Rhizome


Drynaria Rhizome tonifies the Kidney. Drynaria is considered to be the most important herb in the Chinese pharmacopoeia for supporting bone and ligaments. It is used in all formulas for supporting healthy bones and ligaments. Drynaria has been explored deeply by martial arts practitioners in Asia for over a thousand years and its efficacy is very well established.


Dipsacus Root


Dipsacus Root tonifies Kidney and Liver, helps support bones and ligaments, and opens the blood vessels. This Kidney tonic is primarily used to strengthen the skeletal structure.  Thus Dipsacus is a premium herb for athletes, dancers for older people who are experiencing structural difficulties simply due to aging.


How Frame Builder Helps Maintain Strong Bones


Bone Is Remarkably Active Metabolically


Bone is a quintessentially important living tissue in the human body. Bone matrix functions as a reservoir of essential ions such as calcium, phosphate, magnesium and sodium. About 70% of the bone matrix is made of inorganic salts, principally salts of calcium and phosphate. 99% of the calcium in the body is stored in the bones. The enormous compressional strength of bone is derived from crystals formed from these salts.


Despite its apparent inanimate nature, bone is remarkably active metabolically. Old or damaged bone is constantly resorbed (dissolved) and replaced with newly generated bone. This continuous breaking down and rebuilding is called the bone remodeling cycle. In an adult, 3 to 5% of the total skeleton is being actively remodeled at any one time to adjust to the changing environment and physiological demands. More than 5% of a normal healthy adult's bone mass is naturally replaced every year. The equivalent of your entire skeletal mass may be replaced every 10 to 20 years – 12 years being the estimated average.


Coincidentally, the Chinese zodiac has a 12 year cycle. The year of your own zodiac sign is called your Ben Ming Nian, or “year of original life”. This year marks a milestone in your life’s journey. It is suggested that you exercise caution this year as you will experience some major changes, good or bad, in your life. However, it is an auspicious year in which you can grow by quantum leaps, so you may have an opportunity to play your best hand in this year.


Could it be that 12 is a magic number? Bone’s metabolic cycle is 12 years. Bone is considered to be the least active part of our body, and yet, every 12 years, we get a whole new set of bones. Life is a living cycle that requires constant changes and maintenance. Make sure you are doing something positive about your bone heath every day. Personal growth does not get more skeletal than this.


Yet despite these changes in bone form and size, the ionic concentrations in cells and in blood remain constant. The regulation of these ionic balances is largely dependent upon hormones. Maintaining a precise level of calcium within your blood is essential to survival. Calcium plays a central role in heart health. The release and uptake of calcium is controlled by regulatory hormones. The bones act as a reservoir for this essential mineral.


As much as one fourth of bone phosphate may be replaced by new phosphate within two months! This turnover rate is even more rapid, of course, in actively growing children.


Inorganic crystals give bone its compressional strength, but the organic matrix, which makes up the remaining 30% of bone matrix, provides its tensile strength. Collagen is the major structural protein in human bone. 90% of the organic matrix is formed by collagen fibers. The collagen fibers are surrounded by a substance containing chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acids, various proteins and mucopolysaccharides


The combined tensile strength of the organic matrix and the compressional strength provided by the inorganic hydroxyapatite crystals give bone a strength that is comparable to that of reinforced concrete.


Women are more prone to bone loss as they get older than men. Bone resorption may begin to outpace bone formation after approximately age 30 in women. At menopause, when the ovaries stop functioning, the withdrawal of estrogen causes a loss of calcium from the bone matrix with a consequent loss of bone strength. The remodeling of bone, even in old age, continues as a balance between bone formation and bone resorption. For most women, bone health must be supported by conscious eating and dietary supplementation.


Bone matrix:

70% inorganic -- salts of calcium and phosphate -- Compressional strength

30% organic --mostly collagen fibers -- Tensile strength (the strength to handle stretch without breaking)


There are three types of cells that maintain the skeleton: osteoblasts, osteoclasts and osteocytes.


Osteoblasts: A blood cell that produces bone tissue. It does so by moving along the surface of bone, producing a matrix that then forms bone. Osteoblasts are always present in the body and are constantly active in repairing and rebuilding bone. Osteoblasts are involved in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus exchange and deposition. Osteoblasts have many fine filaments that enter bone through numerous microscopic canals and extend through the bone matrix. In this way the osteoblasts transport calcium to the bone matrix from the blood. 


Osteoclasts: A special type of white blood cell that nibbles at and breaks down bone and is responsible for bone resorption. Osteoclasts are very large multinucleate cells similar to macrophages (phagocytes). They specialize in consuming bone tissue. They are filled with lysosomes, which are microscopic vacuoles that contain the enzymes that digest the organic matrix of bone. Acids (such as lactic acid) secreted by the osteoclasts are responsible for the dissolution of the bone crystals. Like osteoblasts, osteoclasts have fine filaments that penetrate the bone surface and tunnel into the bone matrix, where they destroy old collagen and the bone’s mineral salts.


Osteocytes: During the process of building bone, some of the osteoblasts are embedded by the newly formed bone matrix that they are building. These embedded cells are called Osteocytes. Osteocytes live for a long time within the bone, and remain quite functional, but in a different way. They communicate with the blood stream by means of fine filaments. The osteocytes appear to be acting as sensors, communicating information on the state of the bone to the other cells. They are believed to play a profound role in regulating the building and resorption of bone.


The Yin and Yang of Bone Maintenance


In normal healthy bone, bone formation and bone resorption – opposing functions typical of the yin and yang activity that defines all life functions – are closely coupled processes involved in the normal remodeling of bone. Normally, these processes are regulated in such a way that normal growth can take place and bone structure can be properly maintained in adults.

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts work in harmony to maintain a healthy bone structure, and osteocytes are the sensors that maintain that harmony. In the bone-building process, the functions of osteoblasts and osteoclasts are intimately intertwined, with each cell releasing chemicals that influence the other. Osteoblasts resorb bone in front of the osteoclasts. As the bone is resorbed, the osteoclasts release signaling molecules called cytokines that attract osteoblasts and encourage them to start laying down new bone. The osteoblasts then incorporate small proteins into the bone matrix that they create. This harmonious functioning results in smooth bone formation.


Why does the body spend so much energy on bone remodeling? The primary reason is so that the bone can adapt to different stresses that are placed on it, especially thickening it in areas that are under great load. The second reason for remodeling is so that the bone is able to resist fatigue stress. Repetitive stress on any structure will cause it to fail. Through perpetual remodeling, the bone is able to become strong at the microscopic level. A third reason is that the process allows for the ready transfer of calcium into the blood stream when needed for other functions. A fourth reason is that young bone protects the deep inner functions of bone best, that is, the functions associated with bone marrow production and its networking with the bloodstream.


Eucommia’s Effect on Bone


Eucommia Bark has been used since before the time of Shen Nong, well over two thousand years ago, support the skeletal bones and connective tissues.. Scientists now are gaining understanding of the action of Eucommia in this regard .


Eucommia bark has powerful activity with regard to regulating bone remodeling. The components of Eucommia bark are thought to participate in each step of a mechanism for activating osteoblasts to facilitate osteogenesis (bone building), and suppress osteoclast activity. 


And Eucommia has androgenic actions that influences bone structure through multiple pathways. Testosterone spurs bone growth and calcium deposition, thickening and strengthening the bones.


Traditionally, Eucommia bark is used as a tonic to the skeleton. The apparent ability of Eucommia bark to stimulate bone growth supports the usage of Eucommia as a bone tonic.


Tips for Good Bone Health


The proper diet plays a major role. We should eat foods and consume tonic herbs rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc and other minerals, and take a mineral supplement if necessary. Limiting or restricting the consumption of carbonated soft drinks, caffeine, sugar and table salt reduces calcium excretion and therefore lead to stronger bones. Weight bearing exercise also strengthens healthy bone, though this must be carefully monitored in the cases where bone has already weakened significantly.


There is growing evidence that exposure to microwaves increases demineralization of our bone. The significance of this is not yet fully defined, but health care professionals are growing increasingly concerned about the amount of microwave exposure most of us experience in the modern world. It is best to limit exposure to microwaves.


Pearl provides calcium, magnesium and manganese that are very important in the formation of bones. Pearl has been widely used in Asia as a natural calcium supplement and a beauty tonic. The only “side effect” of Pearl is that it adds a beautiful luster to the skin.


Indeed, our daily activities impact our bone health every day. Bone health is something that can be under our control and is closely connected to our biological aging. Tonic maintenance can be extremely important in not just our bone health, but in our total body health.*


Frame Builder provides herbal support to all the tissues of the frame of our body and may be used as a daily dietary supplement.


Traditional Function

Nourishes blood, fortifies Yang, moves blood and Qi, fortifies the skeleton*


Concentration: 8:1


Specifications: 100 Capsules 500 mg each



Eucommia bark, Eucommia seed, Drynaria rhizome, Dipsacus asper root, Chaenomeles lagenaria fruit, Chinese Yam rhizome, Liquidambar orientalis, Bai-zhu Atractylodes rhizome, Chinese Clematis root, Fragrant Angelica root, Poria sclerotium, Achyranthes root, Notopterygium root.


Other Ingredients: Vegetarian capsules**, Tapioca Powder, Rice Hull Extract.


Usage: Take 3 capsules, 2 times per day or as directed by a healthcare professional.


Remember Ron Teeguarden’s “First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word – Compliance. If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”


**Pullulan caps 100% natural, water-soluble polysaccharide produced through a fermentation process, vegetable origin; non-GMO; no starch, preservatives or chemical modifications; gluten free.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to

diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.