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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Frame Builder provides herbal support
to all the tissues of the frame of our body and may be used as a daily dietary
Nourishes blood, fortifies
Yang, moves blood and Qi, fortifies the skeleton*
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
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
statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended
diagnose, treat, cure
or prevent any disease.