Herbal Ice (San Huang San Gao) is the premiere external poultice (Gao) for 1st stage sinew and bone injuries that are characterized by swelling, pain, redness, and heat.
Bone-Sinew Gao is used in 3rd stage sinew and bone injuries where there is still swelling, stiffness and pain.
Extra Strength Golden Ointment (Qing Li Jin Huang Gao) is the classic Gao for 2nd stage sinew injuries or late 1st stage injuries where redness and heat are not present, but there is stagnation of blood and fluid with swelling.
Stage 2 Trauma Ointment is an alternative to Extra Strength Golden Ointment (Qing Li Jin Huang Gao) for 2nd stage sinew and bone injuries, that are characterized by more blood stasis and bruising, rather than stagnation of fluids.
Stage 1Trauma Ointment (Die Da Gao Yi Bu) is an alternative to Herbal Ice (San Huang San Gao) for 1st stage sinew and bone injuries, characterized by blood stasis and bruising rather than heat and redness.