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DitDajow

Arthriticjointpainsfindouttheherbpropertiesofgrp1,2and3
1. Frankincense(RuHsiang)
2. Chinesequince(28g)workonLiverliver, lung, kidney, and
spleenheavyarmsandlegs(spqixu?tendon spasm, muscle

cramp due to vomiting and diarrhea, and beriberi edema)


3. Arnicablossoms(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
4. Comfrey(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
5. MoyaoMyrr
6. DaHuang(rubarb)forcoolingskin
7. Dangquaidiuretic and strongly antibacterial. Antiinflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic activity

SomeDitDaJaorecipes
Arnicablossoms(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
Comfrey(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
BlessedThistle(bloodpurifier)
Goldensealroot(antibiotic,woundhealing)
Gingerroot(circulation,woundhealing,painrelief)
Myrrh(antiseptic,circulation,woundhealing)
Sasparillaroot(bloodpurifier)
WitchHazel(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
Useequalproportionsofalltheherbs(OK,myrrhisaresin)listed,by
weight.Imeasurethemoutonasmallkitchenscale(mineiscalibratedin
grams,butAmericanversionsnodoubtdoounces).

Grindtheherbsinamortar&pestle(orelectricgrinder)andplacethem
inaglassjar.Add80or90proofgrainalcohol(Iusevodka);use4
ouncesofdriedherbstoonepintofalcoholbase(orequivalent
proportions).Sealthejartightly.Allowtheinfusiontoworkfortwo
weeks;onceortwiceaday,swirltheliquidgentlythroughtheherbal
mash.Aftertwoweeks,strainofftheliquidanddiscardtheherbal
residue;pourintosmallerglasscontainers.
Thistincturecanbeappliedasistoswollenorbruisedareas,orcanbe
mixedwithathickener(likelanolinorsaffloweroil)andahardener(like
beeswax)tomakeanointment.Thisformulationhasalsobeeneffective
inthetreatmentofarthritis,forpainreliefandrestorationofrangeof
motion.

DitDaJao('ironwine')
TypesofHerbs
Therearethreetypesofherbsinthepreparation:
1. herbsthatreducepain
2. herbsthatstimulatebloodandchiflow
3. herbsthatbreakupbloodclotsandbruises
Youshouldincludeequalamountsofeachtypeofherbsinthewine:
Prescription
Theamountofeachherbusedmayvaryanywherefrom3/5oz.to2oz.
pergallon(Try1oz.ofeachherbpergallon).
1. Measureoffequalamountsofeachherbandplaceinseparate
containers.

2. Grindeachherbintoacoarsepowder(finepowderwilladhereto
itselfandclot,preventingthoroughabsorption).
3. Placetheherbsintoalargenonmetallicpot.
4. Add1qt.ofvodka.
5. Simmerslowlyoveralowflamefor3.5hours
6. Removefromheat.
7. Pourintoatwogallonjar.
8. Addsixmorequartsofvodka.
9. Sealthejarsoitisairtight.
10.Storeinacool,dry,darkplace.
11.Agefrom2monthsto1year.
NOTE:Thelongerthewineages,thestrongeritbecomes.

Ingredients
Therearetwoclassesofwine:ToxicandNonToxic.Thenontoxic
varietywillproduceaverypotentwinesuitableforhealingopencutsand
wounds.Thetoxicvarietyofherbsmaybeaddedtothenontoxicherbs
toproduceanevenmorepotentwinewhichmustbekeptawayfromcuts,
andawayfromthemouth.
DitDaJowrecipe:
Ingredients:
Arnicablossoms(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
Comfrey(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
BlessedThistle(bloodpurifier)
Goldensealroot(antibiotic,woundhealing)
Gingerroot(circulation,woundhealing,painrelief)
Myrrh(antiseptic,circulation,woundhealing)

Sasparillaroot(bloodpurifier)
Witchhazel(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
Aconite (arthritic herb)
Useequalportionsofallingredients,byweight.Grindtheherbsina
mortarandpestle(orelectricgrinder),andplaceinaglassjar.Add80or
90proofgrainalcohol.Use4oz.ofdriedherbstoonepintofalcohol
base(orequivalentportions).Sealthejartightly.Allowtheinfusionto
workfortwoweeks;onceortwiceaday,swirltheliquidgentlythrough
theherbalmash.Aftertwoweeks,strainofftheliquidanddiscardthe
herbalresidue;pourintosmallerglasscontainers.
Thistincturecanbeapplierasistoswollenandbruisedareas,orcanbe
mixedwithathickener(likelanolinorsaffloweroil),andahardener(like
beeswax)tomakeanointment.Thisformulahasbeeneffectiveinthe
treatmentofarthritis,forpainrelief,andrestorationofrangeofmotion.
Thisappearstobeaformulathatusesequivalentwesternherbs,rather
thanorientalherbs,ItisalsothefirstjowI'vecomeacrosswithanalgesic
andantibioticproperties.

DitDaJowrecipe:
Camphor10g
RawFruitofCapeJasmine5g
RawRootofKusenoffMonkshood25g
RawAconiteRoot25g
RawTuberOfJackinthepulpit25g
RawPinelliaTuber25g

CattailPollen25g
RawChineseQuince200g
RawRhubarb150g
RootBarkofslenderstyleacanthopanax100g
Rhizomeofincisednotopterygium200g
Rootofdoubleteethpubescentangelica200g
RootofRedPeony150g
Placeinajarwithwhitewine(GaoLiangWineoranyotherhighalcohol
contentwine)for715days.Canbeusedforallinjuriesthatdon'tbreak
theskin.
Dit Da Jow
ForasuniqueamartialartasWingChun,it'sstillaKungFusystemlike
therest.Thatmeansherbalmedicine,pointhittingandchikungare
includedinitscurriculumandsystemstructure.However,dependingon
whichWingChunSifuyouspeakto(includingyourown),thesesubjects
willbringaboutwonderfulcoffeetablephilosophicaldiscussions.
ThepurposeofthissmallarticleistogivetheWingChunpractitionerthe
abilitytolearnhowtomakeanherbalpreparationandlearnsomething
aboutChinesemedicineandWingChun.Oh,andbytheway,I'mgoing
totryanddoitforyouasquicklyandcheaplyaspossibleANDwithout
pushinganyone'sbutton'sontheabovesubjects.
twotypes:
HanDitDaJow(coldhitmedicine)
ReiDitDaJow(hothitmedicine).

HotJowisactuallyheatedforsituationsthatrequirealotofcirculation,
bloodflowandlymphaticdrainageintoanareasuchaswithironpalm
trainingwhereyouareconstantlychallengingtheskin,bone,musclesand
connectivetissuesofthehandandarmtobecometougherandstronger
whileatthesametimeattemptingtokeeptheacupuncturepointsinthe
handopensothatyoucanprojectenergythroughthehandintothetarget
(P8andHeart8lookthemupinanyacupuncturebookifyou'renot
familiarwiththesetwopoints).
ColdJowisusedasanallpurpose,whenindoubtandafterthefact,
injuryliniment.ItspropertiesaresimilartohotJowexcept:
1.it'snotheated,
2.theherbsusedaredifferentand,
3.topromotethebreakupofstagnantblood,lymphandchicirculation(if
youdon'tbelieveinchicirculationthenignorethelasttwowordsand
replacethemwith"breakingconnectivetissueadhesionsthatinterfere
withnormaltissuehealingandtheelectricalchargeflowofthebody.")
Bothtypesarerubbedintotheskinbeforeandafteraworkoutforbest
results.ItshouldbenotedthatoneofthesecretsofthemagicalJow
formulaisintherubbing.Rememberwaybackasakid,whenyougota
coldandMomorGrandmawouldcomeinandrubyoudownwith
alcoholorVicks,thesecretwasintherub.Softtissuemanipulationalone
willpromotemanyofthequalitieswithouttheJow,thoughthemedicine
speedsupthehealingtimeandpreventsimproperdrainageandstagnation
problems.Whileweareonthesubjectofrubbing,TigerBalmisthe
orientalversionofBenGayorVicks.Ifyoucan'tgetagoodJow,orif
youdon'twanttobuyitstoreboughtbecauseofthequality,or"itjusthas

tobemadefreshandofficialbySifu",TigerBalmisalmostasgood.If
youwanttomakeyourownbecauseyoucan'tfindit(hardtobelieve),
here'showtodoit.I'llgettotheJowrecipeinaminute.
TakeasmalljarofVaseline,asmalljarofVicks,cayenneredpepper
(it'ssomewhereinthekitchenonyourspicerack)andeitherdriedred
chillipeppers(mostgourmetstoreshavethem)orredchillipeppersthat
havealreadybeenbottled(they'reprobablynexttothecayennepepper).
PuttheVaselineinapotandmeltitonthestoveatlowheat.
AddtwoorthreetablespoonsofVicksdependingonhowsmellyand
menthollyyouwantituntilthatalsoismelted.
Grinduptheredpepperuntilit'sapowder,mixitwiththecayenne
pepperandaddtothemeltedVaseline.
Whileinitsliquidstate,repouritbackintoajarandletcool.
Ididnotmentionthequantitiesofeitherthecayennepepperorthechilli
pepperbecausethatwillbeuptoyoubasedonthedesiredstrengthof
yourcompound.IfyouuseasmalljarofVaselineandyouwantithot,
usetwotablespoonsofbothpeppersfinelygroundandstirredintothe
compound.Whenitcoolsitwillbesomewherebetweenapinktored
color.You'vejustmadeRedTigerBalmcongratulations!
NowbacktotheJowtherecipethatIwillgiveyouisasimpleonethat
usescommonChineseherbsthatareforthemostparteasytogetinherb
catalogsorherbalstoresifyouhaveaChinatownorwholisticcommunity
nearyou.
(thesearethebotanicalnamesandChinesenames)1oz.=30grams

1bottleofstrongvodka,ginorChinesericewine
Artemesia(Liujinu)5g
Borneol(Bingpian)1g
Carthamus(Honghua)5g
Catechu(Ercha)8g
Cinnabar(Zhusha)5g
Cirsium(DaJi)1g
Dragon'sBlood(Xuejie)30g
Mastic(Ruxiang)5g
Musk(Shexiang)1g
Myrrh(Moyao)5g
Pinellia(ShengBanXia)5g
Takeallingredientsandgrindintoafinepowder,addthewholebottleof
vodkaorgin.Mixwellandrubintotheinjuredarea.Thebeautyofthis
particularrecipeisthatyoudon'thavetoburyitfor35daystotwomonth
beforeyoucanuseit.
ClassicallywhenyoumadeJowithadtobeburiedundergroundforan
extendedperiodoftimebeforeitwasreadytobeused.
Therewasnomagical/mysticalreasoningbehindit.Sunlightandheat
oxidizetheherbsandchangethechemicalpropertiesso,keepinginmind
it'saroundtheyear1700,whereareyougoingtostorethisstuffwhen
youneedadarkcooldryplace?Andwhatdoyouusetofermentandage
yourherbalcombinationtogetthemostoutofyouringredientsalcohol.
That'swhya100yearoldScotchWhiskeyissupposedtobesogood.If
youdesiretohavetheherbssoak,pourthecombinationintoadarkglass
containerandplaceitinaclosetorcupboardwhereitshouldn'tgettoo
hot,andperiodicallyshakethelinimentonceortwiceaweek.Youshould

notethatifyoudothisthetraditionalwaythentheherbsareloosely
ground,andnotintoapowder.Andthelongertheysitinthebottlethe
strongertheJowbecomes.
ThisisthereasonmanyKungFupractitioner'swhoaretraditionallyor
classicallytrained(likemyself)willnotbuystoreboughtJow,butprefer
tomakeourown.ThestoreboughtJowneverhasanyoftheherbsatthe
bottomofthebottlethattheycomein.
AlsosomeJowissoldinplasticbottles,andovertimetheplasticstartsto
breakdownintotheherbalformula.AndsomeJowisevensoldinclear
bottleswithnowaytoknowhowlongit'sbeeninthere.AdecentJow
shouldlooklikesoysauceincolorandhaveaslightalcohol,medicinal
smell.PleasenotethisJowrecipemaynotbeasdarkor"smelly"dueto
thequalityofherbs,timelefttosoakbeforeusage,cookingpropertiesof
someoftheherbs,combinationsofthespecificherbsorthespecific
usageproperties.
Thisisa"fast"formula,it'soriginalintentistobemadenowtousenow,
notinamonthortwo.TheWingChunplayerusuallyneedsJowontheir
hands,forearmsandchest.Thefirstcoupleoftimesthatyoutrytopunch
withthebottomthreeknuckles,bloodvesselsareusuallybrokenbetween
thelasttwoknucklevalleys.
Jowshouldbeappliedinbetweentheknucklesbeforeandafterpunching
thebag,wallbagorfocusmitt.Averyimportantreasonforthisis
becausetwoverypowerfulacupuncturepointsresideinthosetwovalleys
andareresponsibleforthehormonalsystemandsmallintestines.
Withanytypeofbruiseorbloodstagnation,problemsincirculationand
healthmayoccur.Whendoinganyprolongedbridge(forearm)worksuch
asPakSaowherebruisingcanoccur,Jowneedstobeworkedintothe

bridges.AndanyonewhoisuptoChiSaolevelknowswhytheyhaveto
applyJowtothechest,especiallyifyourpartnerisusingyouasthe
WoodenMantopracticenewtechniques,orjustdelightsinpoundingon
you.ButwhatbecomesmoreimportantisthatthefamousWingChun
centerlineisinChinesemedicinetheconceptionvesselmeridianwhich
basicallyisinvolvedwiththealarmpointsystemsofthebody.Cv17is
deadcenteronthesternumandisresponsibleforcontrollingthe
diaphragm,controllingenergytotheG.I.andG.U.systemsandisa
storageareaforchiinthebody.Aprettygoodplacetohit!Andwedo
thistoeachotherrepeatedlyandonpurpose.
ItisimportantthatJownotberubbedintoopenwounds,takeninternally
orgottenintheeyes.
Jowrecipesarecommonineverysystemandeveryinstructorhasa
favoriteorfavoritesbasedontheiruses.IhavepersonallyspokentoYip
Chun,YipChing,WilliamCheung,AugustineFongandMoyYat,allof
whomhavetheirownJowrecipes(thatweregiventothempersonallyby
YipManandisthetruehistoricalJowhandeddownfromLeungJan).
Now,ifyouhaveatrueWingChunmentalitythenyoureallydon'tcareif
itisthetrueLeungJanJowonlywhetheritworks.
Twolastpoints.First,ifyoudoChiKung,oryoursystemofWingChun
hasitinit(that'sanotherarticle)trythis:rubtheJoworbalmintosome
ofyourinjuries,thendoyourChiKung,concentratingondirectingthe
Jowintotheskinandintotheinjuries.Inabouttwoweeksofthisyou
shouldbepleasantlysurprised.Ifit'sanoldchronicinjurytherubbing
Starthere!
techniqueisusuallyslowanddeep,ifit'srelativelynewthenit'salight,
quicktypeofrubbing.

Secondly,learnasmuchasyoucanaboutherbs,bothAmericanand
Chinese.DoyouknowwhytheChineseusedGinseng,MaHuangand
TangKuei?BECAUSETHEYWEREINCHINA!!Thoseherbswere
indigenoustothatcountry.IfKungFuwasinventedinthiscountryour
"traditional"Jowwouldcontaincompletelydifferentingredients!Soif
youliketothinkofyourselfasa"true"martialartist,startlearningabout
Americanherbsandtheirqualitiestohealexternallyandinternally.If
thereisinterest,Iwillwriteanotherarticleonhowtomakeahomegrown
/AmericanizedJow.
Camphor10g
RawFruitofCapeJasmine5g
RawRootofKusenoffMonkshood25g
RawAconiteRoot25g
RawTuberOfJackinthepulpit25g
RawPinelliaTuber25g
CattailPollen25g
RawChineseQuince200g
RawRhubarb150g
RootBarkofslenderstyleacanthopanax100g
Rhizomeofincisednotopterygium200g
Rootofdoubleteethpubescentangelica200g
RootofRedPeony150g
Placeinajarwithwhitewine(GaoLiangWineoranyotherhighalcohol
contentwine)for715days.Canbeusedforallinjuriesthatdon'tbreak
theskin.
DitDaJowrecipe:arthritis

SecretioMoschusmoschiferishehsiang1.5g
SemenStrychnotismachientzu120gfryinoil,removehairs
FlosCarthamitinctoriihunghua150g
SemenPersicaetaojen120g
Myrrhamoyao120gvinegarprocessed
GummiOlibanum(Frankinsense)juhsiang120gvinegarprocessed
Eupolyphagaechechung60g
HerbaEphedramahuang90g
SemenSinapisalbaepaichiehtzu60g
RadixAngelica(dongkwei)dongkwei90g
RadixetrhizomaLigusticiikaopen90g
Pyritumdippedinvinegartzujantung90gdippedinvinegar7x
RadixGlycryrrhizaekantsao60g(licoricenotginger)

DitDaJaorecipe(AmericanHerbs?)
Arnicablossoms(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
Comfrey(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
BlessedThistle(bloodpurifier)
Goldensealroot(antibiotic,woundhealing)
Gingerroot(circulation,woundhealing,painrelief)
Myrrh(antiseptic,circulation,woundhealing)

Sasparillaroot(bloodpurifier)
WitchHazel(antiinflamatory,painrelief)
Useequalproportionsofalltheherbs(OK,myrrhisaresin)listed,by
weight.Imeasurethemoutonasmallkitchenscale(mineiscalibratedin
grams,butAmericanversionsnodoubtdoounces).
Grindtheherbsinamortar&pestle(orelectricgrinder)andplacethem
inaglassjar.Add80or90proofgrainalcohol(Iusevodka);use4
ouncesofdriedherbstoonepintofalcoholbase(orequivalent
proportions).Sealthejartightly.Allowtheinfusiontoworkfortwo
weeks;onceortwiceaday,swirltheliquidgentlythroughtheherbal
mash.Aftertwoweeks,strainofftheliquidanddiscardtheherbal
residue;pourintosmallerglasscontainers.
Thistincturecanbeappliedasistoswollenorbruisedareas,orcanbe
mixedwithathickener(likelanolinorsaffloweroil)andahardener(like
beeswax)tomakeanointment.
Thisformulationhasalsobeeneffectiveinthetreatmentofarthritis,for
painreliefandrestorationofrangeofmotion.
DitDaJao('ironwine')
TypesofHerbs
Therearethreetypesofherbsinthepreparation:
1.herbsthatreducepain
2.herbsthatstimulatebloodandchiflow
3.herbsthatbreakupbloodclotsandbruises

Youshouldincludeequalamountsofeachtypeofherbsinthewine:
Prescription
Theamountofeachherbusedmayvaryanywherefrom3/5oz.to2oz.
pergallon(Try1oz.ofeachherbpergallon).
1.Measureoffequalamountsofeachherbandplaceinseparate
containers.
2.Grindeachherbintoacoarsepowder(finepowderwilladheretoitself
andclot,preventingthoroughabsorption).
3.Placetheherbsintoalargenonmetallicpot.
4.Add1qt.ofvodka.
5.Simmerslowlyoveralowflamefor3.5hours
6.Removefromheat.
7.Pourintoatwogallonjar.
8.Addsixmorequartsofvodka.
9.Sealthejarsoitisairtight.
10.Storeinacool,dry,darkplace.
11.Agefrom2monthsto1year.
NOTE:Thelongerthewineages,thestrongeritbecomes.
Ingredients
Therearetwoclassesofwine:ToxicandNonToxic.Thenontoxic
varietywillproduceaverypotentwinesuitableforhealingopencutsand
wounds.Thetoxicvarietyofherbsmaybeaddedtothenontoxicherbs
toproduceanevenmorepotentwinewhichmustbekeptawayfromcuts,
andawayfromthemouth.
NonToxicHerbs
GroupI

1.AucklandiaRoot(GuangMuHsiang)fromphoenixmedicals
2.Frankincense(RuHsiang)fromphoenixmedicals
3.Myrrh(MeiYaoorMoYao)fromphoenixmedicals

GroupII
1.ChineseAngelicaRootAngelicasinensis(DangGwei)fromphoenix
medicals
2.CatTailPollen(PuHuang)fromphoenixmedicals
3.Safflower(HongHua)fromphoenixmedicals
GroupIII
1.RootPseudoGinseng(sanqi)fromphoenixmedicals(75for500g)
2.RedPeonyRoot(Ch'ihShou)fromphoenixmedicals(14)
3.Dragon'sBlood(ShwehJin)

ToxicHerbs
GroupI
1.BorneoCamphorTree(LungNaoXiangBingPian)
GroupII
1.CloveTree(DingXiang)
2.PeachKernel(PrunusPersicaortaoren)fromphoenixmedicals
(17.68)
(thisherbisalsoinGroupIIIToxic)

GroupIII
1.Rhubarb(DaHuang)alreadygotsomeforbiarthritis
(thisherbisalsoinGroupIToxic)
OneMoreAddition....
HorseMoneyorHorseCoin(MaCh'ien)
(EXTREMELYPOISONOUS!Butitgreatlyincreasesthestrengthofall
theotherherbsinthemixture.)
Thisappearstobeaformulathatusesequivalentwesternherbs,rather
thanorientalherbs,ItisalsothefirstjowI'vecomeacrosswithanalgesic
andantibioticproperties.
DitDaJowrecipe:
Camphor10g
RawFruitofCapeJasmine5g
RawRootofKusenoffMonkshood25g
RawAconiteRoot25g
RawTuberOfJackinthepulpit25g
RawPinelliaTuber25g
CattailPollen25g
RawChineseQuince200g
RawRhubarb150g
RootBarkofslenderstyleacanthopanax100g
Rhizomeofincisednotopterygium200g
Rootofdoubleteethpubescentangelica200g
RootofRedPeony150g

Placeinajarwithwhitewine(GaoLiangWineoranyotherhighalcohol
contentwine)for715days.Canbeusedforallinjuriesthatdon'tbreak
theskin.

SecretioMoschusmoschiferimusksecretions
SemenStrychnotisseedofstrychnosnuxvomica
FlosCarthamitincoriitinctureofCarthamiflower
SemenPersicaepeachkernal
MyrrharesinofCommiphora
GummiOlibanum(Frankinsense)resinofBoswellia
EupolyphagaebugfromBlattidaefamily
HerbaEphedrastemsofEphdrasinica
SemenSinapisalbaemustardseed
RadixAngelica(dongkwei)rootofAngeliaSinensis
RadixLigusticiwallachiirootofCnidium
PyritumdippedinvinegarIronPyrites
RadixGlycryrrhizaefreshginger
Imightaddthattherearemuchmorethanjust"sulphides"presentin
theseherbs.Thereareessentialoils,resins,alkaloids,flavinoids,fatty
acids,fattyoils,glucosides,vitamins,proteinsandsaltsthatallhave
varyingactionsondifferentsystemsofthehumanbody.
TheinterestingthingaboutChineseherbs,andsomethingthathasbeen
proveninlaboratorytests,isthattheoveralleffectofarecipeisgreater
thanthesumeffectsofit'sindividualingredients.Thatmeanswhenyou

mixherbs,yougetmoreofaneffectthanthetwoherbswouldgiveif
usedseparately.ThisisknownassynergisminChinesemedicine.
Musk,tochoosejustoneingredientinthisrecipe,forexamplehasatleast
26identifiedchemicalconstituentsandhasclinicallybeenshownto
exhibit:
1)Centralnervoussystemstimulatingeffect
2)Hypotensiveeffect(increasesrespirationandlowersbloodpressure)
3)Malehormonelikeeffects
4)Uterusstimulatingeffects,suchascontractions
5)Remarkableantiinflammatoryeffect
6)StrongantibacterialeffectonStaphylococcusandE.coli
Thereisalotmorehappeningherethanjustsulphidesoxidisingbroken
youasked:
>Myrrhamoyao120gvinegarprocessed>GummiOlibanum
(Frankinsense)juhsiang120gvinegarprocessed>Pyritumdippedin
vinegartzujantung90gdippedinvinegar7x>ThankyouJason.Just
onequestion.Whatyoumeanwith"vinegar>processed"?
"VINEGARPROCESSED"
Use20partsOlibanumto1partvinegar.CrushtheOlibanumthenfry,
whilesprinklingwiththevinegar.Drythenrecrushforuse.
SameprocessforMyrrha
Pyritum;dipinvinegar,allowtositinopenair.Agreen"rust"willform.
Dothisseventimes,therebydisslovingacertainamountofcoppersothat
itcanenterthesolution.
>Andalso,Peachseed(taojen),isitnottoxic?
1.Fattyoils:40%50%
2.Oleicacid

3.Palmiticacid
4.Stearicacid
Inlargedosestheoleicacidistoxic.Inverylargedosescancausedeath.
Incontrolleddoses,andinconjunctionwiththeseotherconstituents
exhibits:
1.Anticoagulanteffect
2.Hypotensiveeffect
3.Antiphlogisticandanalgesiceffect
4.Effectiveagainsttuberculosis
5.Alsodetoxificantandlaxative.
Pleasenotethat"taojen"aspurchasedinaChineseherbalshopis
"DRIEDpeachkernal".Theprussicacidhasbeenneutralisedinthe
dryingprocess.
Regardingmahuang,yesitcontainssomepowerfulcompounds;
1.Alkaloids0.31.5%ephedrine,pseudoephedrine,norephedrine,
norpseudoephedrineNmethylephedrine,Nmethylpseudoephedrine
ephedrinesA,B,C
2.Essentialoils:1aterpinol,noracosan10ol,tricosan1olnonacosan
AsCadyobserved:
>Thatcontainsapowerfulchemicalcompoundthatshouldbeused
sparingly>andwithcaution,asmedicalauthoritiesarenownoting.
Sparinglyandwithcautionisgoodadvice.Followingtheadviceofan
experiencedChineseherbalmedicalspecialistisbetteradvice.The
problemwithalittleknowledgeisthatyes,itcanbedangerousthing.
Westernpeoplestartedhearingabouttheefficacyofmahuang,aswellas
otherherbs(Cordyceps;tungchunghsia,andAconite;fotitiengorfu
tzu)andwhentheyfeltthebenefitsoftheiraction,mistakenlythought

"moreisbetter"andsubsequentlyoverdosed,causingfrightening
problems,sometimesdeath.Nowthesubstancesareregardedastoxic,
andsomearebannedinAustralia.
Insomeinstances,Idonotunderstandwhywewesternershaveto
question,understand,argueandchangecertainknowledgefromtheeast.
Whatiswrongwithacceptingancientknowledge?
ThisisthesamewithlearningAikido.Whydowehavetoquestion,
understand,argueandchangewhatwearelearningfromourSensei?Asa
beginner,whoarewetoquestionthevalidityofancientconceptsand
techniquesuntilwehaveacceptedthem,trainedinthem,andhadtheir
developmentaleffectinfluenceourbodyandmind?
Someyearsagotherewasanargumentaboutwesternersnotbeingableto
masterJapaneseartsbecausetheywerenotJapanese,andthiscaused
outragebecauseweareallhumanbeings.ButnowadaysIsurpisemyself
bythinkingthatthisstatementhassometruth,becauseforustolearn
certainthings,weneedtobeinacertainstateofmind,andlikeitornot,
thereisadifferenceinthelearningmindofeasternandwesternpeople...
Ihopethisishelpfulforyoutomakeditdajiewyourself.
Ihavemadeseveralandcanattesttotheireffectiveness.Itmustbe
stressedthatthecorrectddjshouldusedforthepropercondition.Itmust
alsobestressedthatthemethodofpreparationforrecipes(nomatterhow
ridiculousthemethodmayappear)befollowedascloselyaspossible.For
example"dippinginvinegar"itsoundsstrange,butwhenyouhearthe
reason,itbecomesclear.
DitDaJowFormulas
Thefollowingrecipesareforexternaluseonly.Imakeabsolutelyno

claimstotheirusage.Someofmystudentsswearbythem,andothers
havehadmixedresults.Ifyourbodybreaksoutinarashimmediately
flushwithwateranddonotreapply.
Recipe#1ForBruisingandArthritis
Ingredients
Alcohol(Vodka,Brandy,RiceWine,evenRubbingAlcohol)1pintper4
ozs.ofherbs
Equalportionsofeach:
ArnicaBlossoms(antiinflammatory)
Comfrey(antiinflammatory)*hardtofind
BlessedThistle(bloodpurifier)
GoldensealRoot(antibiotic)
GingerRoot(circulation/woundhealing)
Myrrh(antiseptic/woundhealing)*Myrrhisaresin
SarsaparillaRoot(bloodpurifier)
WhichHazel(antiinflammatory)
Grindallherbsandmixtogether.Addalcoholandletsitforatleasttwo
weeks,shakingmixtureeveryfewdays.Noteuseaglasscontainer.After
amonthstrainoutherbs.
Recipe#2AllPurpose
Ingredients
Ibottleofstrongricewine
Artemesia5grams
Borneol1gram
Carthamus5grams

Catechu8grams
Cinnabar5grams
Cirsium1gram
DragonsBlood30grams
Mastic5grams
Musk1gram
Myrrh5grams
Pinella5grams
Takeallherbsandgrindthemintoafinepowder.Mixtogetherandstore
indarkplace.Donotuseplasticcontainer.Shakemixeveryotherday.
Thisrecipecanbeusedrightaway,butgetsbetterwithage.
Recipe#3IronPalmFormula
Alcohol1to2quarts
1ozofeachofthefollowing
Breadstraw
Calendula(Marigold)
Camomile
Comfrey
CommonClubMoss
Cowslip
Danelion
ShepherdsPurse
StingNettle
St.JohnsWort
WintergreenOil
Horsetail

Mallow
CowParsnip
Fenugreek
Walnut
YellowDeadNettle
Grindintopowderandmixallingredients,Storeindarkplace,shaking
mixonceortwiceaweek.Waitatleastamonthtouse,buttheolderit
getsthebetteritworks.
Dit Da Jow recipe 2
Ingredient
Quantity
Camphor
10g
RawFruitofCapeJasmine
5g
RawRootofKusenoffMonkshood
25g
RawAconiteRoot
25g
RawTuberOfJackinthepulpit
25g
RawPinelliaTuber
25g
CattailPollen
25g
RawChineseQuince
200g
RawRhubarb
150g
RootBarkofslenderstyleacanthopanax
100g
Rhizomeofincisednotopterygium
200g
Rootofdoubleteethpubescentangelica
200g
RootofRedPeony
150g
Placeinajarwithwhitewine(GaoLiangWineoranyotherhighalcohol
contentwine)for715days.Canbeusedforallinjuriesthatdon'tbreak
theskin.

DitDaJowrecipe3
Thisrecipecomesfromthe"SecretShaolinFormulaeForTheTreatment
OfExternalInjury"andisusedtotreat"injuryoftendonandbones

causedbyChinNaLuo"whichisatypeofinjurycausedby
overstrechingthetendons.
BotanicalName

Chinese

Name
SecretioMoschus she
moschiferi
Semen
Strychnotis
FlosCarthami
tinctorii
SemenPersicae
Myrrha
GummiOlibanum
Eupolyphagae
HerbaEphedra
SemenSinapis
albae
RadixAngelica

EnglishName

musksecretions
hsiang
machien seedofstrychnos
tzu
hunghua

nuxvomica
tinctureofCarthami

120g

resinofCommiphora 120g

che

ofBoswellia
Eupolyphagaebug

chung
ma

fromBlattidaefamily
stemsofEphdra

huang
pai

sinica

kwei

Sinensis

mustardseed
chiehtzu
dong
rootofAngelia

tung
kantsao

fryinoil,
removehairs

150g

moyao

juhsiang Frankinsenseorresin

Comment

1.5g

taojen

kaopen rootofCnidium
wallachii
Pyritumdippedin tzujan

Glycryrrhizae

flower
peachkernel

RadixLigustici

vinegar
Radix

Quantit

120g

120g

vinegar
processed
vinegar
processed

60g
90g
60g
90g
90g
90g
60g

dippedin
vinegar7x
freshginger

Effective against tuberculosis


Also detoxificant and laxative.
Please note that "tao-jen" as purchased in a Chinese
herbal shop is DRIED peach kernel. The prussic acid
has been neutralized in the drying process.
Regardingmahuang,yesitcontainssomepowerfulcompounds:
Alkaloids 0.3-1.5% ephedrine, pseudoephedrine,
norephedrine, norpseudoephedrine N-methylephedrine, N-methylpseudoephedrine, ephedrines A,
B,C Essential oils: 1-a-terpinol, noracosan-10-ol,
tricosan-1-ol nonacosan
As such it should be treated with respect and used
sparingly.
AsanasideWesternpeoplestartedhearingabouttheefficacyofma
huang,aswellasotherherbs(Cordyceps;tungchunghsia,andAconite;
fotitiengorfutzu)andwhentheyfeltthebenefitsoftheiraction,
mistakenlythought"moreisbetter"andsubsequentlyoverdosed,causing
frighteningproblems,sometimesdeath.Nowthesubstancesareregarded
astoxic,andsomearebannedinsomeplaces.

Ditdajowrecipe4:
ZhengGuShui
Alleviatesthepainfromfractures,dislocatedjoints,tearsofmuscle,
ligaments,cartilageandothersofttissueinjuries.Alsoalleviates

rheumaticpain,muscleachesandfatiguefollowingphysicalexercise.
Dissipatespainanddiscomfortfollowingvarioussportsinjuries.
TraditionalChineseRationale
Improvesbloodcirculation,reducesswellingandrelievespain.It
promotesregenerationoftissueatfracturesiteandrepairofsofttissue
injury.Itstimulatesthehealingofbones,ligaments,tendonsandmuscle.
Thispreparationisappliedtotheaffectedareaandrubbedingently.
Orientalname
BoHeNao
ZhangNao
SanQi
BaiZhi
DaLiWang
JiGuXiang
WuMaXunCheng
QianJinBa
QuiZhi

BotanicalName
HerbaMenthae
Camphora
RadixPseudoginseng
RadixAngelicae
InulaCappa
RadixCrotonisCrassifolis
SemenTiglii
RadixMoghaniaePhilippinensis
Cinnammomum

Ditdajowrecipe5
1oz.=30grams
BotanicalName
ChineseName Quantity
1bottleofstrongvodka,ginorChinesericewine
Artemesia
Liujinu
5g
Borneol
Bingpian
1g
Carthamus
Honghua
5g
Catechu
Ercha
8g
Cinnabar
Zhusha
5g
Cirsium
DaJi
1g
DragonsBlood
Xuejie
30g
Mastic
Ruxiang
5g
Musk
Shexiang
1g

Myrrh
Moyao
5g
Pinellia
ShengBanXia 5g
Takeallingredientsandgrindintoafinepowder
Addthewholebottleofvodkaorgin
Mixwellandrubintotheinjuredarea.
Thebeautyofthisparticularrecipeisthatyoudonthavetoburyitfor
twomonthsbeforeyoucanuseit.
Ifyoudesiretohavetheherbssoak,pourthecombinationintoadark
glasscontainerandplaceitinaclosetorcupboardwhereitshouldntget
toohot,andperiodicallyshakethelinimentonceortwiceaweek.

TigerBalmrecipe
Ingredients%byweightamt.neededfor56oz.batch
Quantity
Mentholcrystals20%
9.6oz.
Camphorblocks32%
15.36oz.
Beeswax20%
9.6oz.
Petroleumjelly4%
1.92oz.
Oilofclove8%
3.8oz.
Oilofcajuput8%
3.8oz.
Oilofcinnamon8%
3.8oz.
Ammoniumhydroxide(optional)
1oz.
Meltbeeswaxandpetroliumjellyinapotuntilcompletelyliquified.
Removefromheat,quicklystirincamphorblocks(mayhelptochopor
gratecamphorprior).
Addrestofingredients,stiruntilconsistent,andcamphorhasmelted.
Pourintopermanantcontainer,andletcongeal.
Theaboverecipewillmakeanicetigerbalmequivalenttothe
commercialwhitestuff.Ifammoniumhydroxideisadded,itturnsred,
andaddsalittlemoreheattoit.

CommonherbsforTraumaandaRxforTraumaWine
byRobertChu,L.Ac.
(OriginallyfeaturedinCaliforniaJournalofOrientalMedicine,Fall
2001)
WhatledmetoastudyofTCMwasalifelongpracticeofmartialarts.In
martialarts,asidefromtheartisticperfectionofstrikes,kicks,joint
locking,throwingandgroundfighting,thehealthgivingbenefitsof
openingupthechannelsandcollateralsforqiflow,learningmeditationto
calmthemind,wespecializeintrauma,bothhealingandinflicting.My
sifusaid,"it'seasylearnhowtoinjuresomeone,butisdifficulttolearn
howtohealsomeone."Howcorrecthewas.ApunchtoRen17canhave
devastatingeffects,akicktoUB40canbringanattackertohiskneesin
practice.Asaconsequence,inordertosurvivethetraining,manymartial
artsteachersspecializeindiedashangkeliterally"fallandstrike
traumatology",whichareoverlappedbyTCM'swaike(External
diseases)andgushangke(OrthopedicsandTraumatology).Iwas
fortunatetobeabletostudytherudimentsofdiedashangkeundermy
WingChunsifu,KwanJongYuenandmyHungGasifu,YeeChiWai.
ThroughtheyearsIalsometotherfamousmartialartistsandTCM
doctorslikeKennyGong,LuiYonSang,ChanTaiShanandothers.My
studyofmartialartswasinterspersedwiththestudyoftraditional
formulasfortraumatology,includingpowders,wines,pastes,decoctions
andpills,theirapplications,modificationsandprocessing.Manymartial
artistsarealsoknownfortheirspecialtyintuina,asbasicexercisesto
developthebodyinthetuinalikeShaolinneigong(Internaltraining)or

yijinjing(SinewChangingClassic)arepartofthetraditionalmartial
arts.Theseexercisesdevelopthelimbssothatamartialartisttrainedin
tuinacanproducebetterresultsandamartialartistwouldprobablyknow
thebodybetterthananonmartialartistinmovementandcauseofinjury.
Inthisarticle,Iwouldliketointroducehowtocreateabasicdiedajiu
(fallorstrikewine)whichcanbeusedasatopicallinimentforcommon
contusionsandbruises.Hereisalistofherbsyouwillneed:
RuXiang(GummiOlibanum)12g
MoYao(Myrrh)12g
ChiShao(RadixPaeoniaeRubra)12g
MuXiang(RadixSaussureaeseuVladimiriae)12g
HongHua(FlosCarthamiTinctorii)9g
TaoRen(SemenPersicae)9g
DangGuiWei(RadixAngelicaeSinensis)12g
PuHuang(PollenTyphae)12g
DaHuangTan(RhizomaRheiCharred)9g
TianQi(RadixPseudoginseng)12g
XueJi(SanguoisDraconis)9g
DingXiang(FlosCaryophylli)9g
ThoseofyouwhoknowyourBenskyFormulas,mightrecognizethisRx
isverysimilartoqilisan(seventhousandthsofataelpowder)from
Liangfangjiye(SmallcollectionoffineRx)oreventhediedawanfrom
Quanguochengyaochufangji(CollectionofCountry'sPrepared
Herbals)butaddressespain,bloodmovementandstopbleedingmore.
Themeasurementsoftheherbsisalsodifferentbecausethisismoreofan
externaluseliniment.ThisRxisfineforbruises,minorcontusions,and
sprains,buttomakeitabetterRx,weshouldmodifytheRxaccordingto

ouruses.Forexample,iftherearebrokenbones,weshouldaddXuDuan
(RadixDipsaciAsperi),WeiLingXian(RadixClematidis),andTuBie
Chong(EupolyphagaseuOpisthoplatia).Ifourfocusispain,addchuan
xiong(RadixLigustici),yanhusuo(RhizomaCorydalis),yujin
(Curcumae),jianghuang(RhozomaCurcumaeLongae),jixueteng
(RadixetCaulisJixueteng),sanleng(RhizomaSparganiiStoloniferi),
mutong(CaulisMutong),dilong(Lumbricus),sumu(LignumSappan),
orwulingzhi(ExcrementumTrogopteriseuPteromi)accordingtowhat
yourneedsare.Ifthereispaininacertainarea,weshouldaddinQiang
Huo(RhizomaetRadixNotopterygii)fortheupperback,DuHuo(Radix
AngelicaePubecentis)forlowerback,BaiZhi(RadixAngelicae
Dahuricae)forfrontofhead,TanXiang(LignumSappan)forthechest,
NiuXi(RadixAchyrathisBidentatae)toguidetothelowerextremities,
XuanFuHua(FlosInulae)toguidedownwards,andMaHuang(Herba
Ephedrae)toguideupwardstotheskin.Wecanevengetmorespecificto
usetheguidingherbsenterparticularchannelsbysimplychoosingherbs
thatgotothatchannel.
Forinternalbleeding,add
DiYu(RadixSanguisorbaeOfficinalis),
DaJi(HerbaseuRadixCirsiiJaponici)and
XiaoJi(HerbaCephalanoploris).
TomaketheRxmorefragranttostoppainandopentheorifices,a
ddbingpian(Borneol)
shexiang(Secret
IoMoschusMoschiferi)
suhexiang(StyraxLiquidis),

andtoaddresswind,coldordampBi,expelwinddampherbs,suchas
fangfeng,
guizhi(RamulusCinnamoni)
baihuashe(AgkistrodonseuBungarus),
hugu(ostigris),loushiteng(CaulisTrachelospermiJasminoidis),hai
fengteng(CaulisPiperisFutokadsurae),wujiapi(Cortex
AcanthopanacisGracilistyliRadicis),and
kuanjinteng(FlosTussilaginisFarfarae).
Formoretraumaticswellings,add
BanXia(RhizomaPinelliaeTernatae),
ChuanWu(RadixAconitiCarmichaeli),
CaoWu(RadixAconitiKusnezoffii)
TianNanXing(RhizomaArisaematis).
Icautionthepersonwhoisnotknowledgeableinherbologytonotputall
theingredientstogethertoformone"superdiedajiu"!I'mnotsurewhat
heorshewouldcreate!Lookuptheproperdosageoftheherbstouse,
andchoosewhatyouneedandforwhatspecificuseinmind.Justfor
somebackgroundinformation,sometimesherbsaresubstitutedforone
anotherbasedonlocalavailabilityandforfinancialreasons.Bewisein
choosingwhatyouneed.
Forexample,HuGu(Ostigris)maynotbeavailablebecauseitisillegal.
WuShaoShe(ZaocysDhumnades)andBaiHuaShemakefine
substitutes(andno,youdon'tneedboth)andwhicheverislessexpensive
willworkfine.
Pregnantwomenshouldnottouchorusethismedicine.

Allinall,onesmallRxcanturnintoliterallythousandsofvariations
fromonefunctionalbaseofherbsinaRx.
Whenothersboasttheirsecretdiedarecipeistheoriginalormoresecret,
they'resimplyblowingsmokeandtryingtosaythey'rethebest.It
dependsonwhatthefunctionoftheformulaisfor.Ihaveasaying,"Let
applicationbeyourguide;letfunctionruleoverform."Itisapplicableto
medicineormartialarts.
Youwillalsoneedacleanglassgallonbottleorjarandenoughginor
vodkatofillagallon.Ifyoupreferamoretraditionalapproach,ofequal
partsalcoholandwater,youmayuse50%springwaterand50%
Evercleargrainalcoholtomakeonegallon.Traditionally,mijiutou(rice
winehead)isusedagain,agallon'sworth,butthealcoholcontentis
weakerthanvodkaorgin.Onepreparestheherbsbyparchingthem
throughpanfrying(nooil)inawokorsimplytoastingalltheherbsina
toasteroventoenhancethebloodmovingeffect.Noneedtocharthem
excessively,lestyoulosealltheactiveingredients.Placetheherbsinthe
containerandpourthealcoholovertheherbs.Thealcoholusedisalways
ofagooddrinkingquality(ethylalcohol),incaseswheretraumaticinjury
maybealsointernal.(Ofcourse,ifyourdiedajiuhaspoisonous
ingredients,itwouldnotdowelltoingestitinternally.)Bewareofgoing
thecheaproutewithisopropylalcohol,youaresimplymakingapoison
batchofdiedajiu.Traditionally,weneveruseisopropylalcohol.Sealthe
containersothatitisairtightanddateandmarkthebottle,andstoreina
darkplace.Shakethebottleoccasionally.Inabout34months,yourdie
dajiuwillbereadyandwillbesuperiortoanyonthemarketbecauseyou
madeitandyouknowspecificallywhatyoudesigneditfor.

Theherbalwineyoucreatedcanbeusedsimplybymassagingitintothe
affectedarea,orforusewithtuina.Youcanalsousethewineinthe
techniqueoffirecupping(houguan),byplacingasmallamountinacup,
justenoughtowetthebottom,spreaditevenlyandigniteit,thenapplyto
theaffectedarea.Indoingthis,Iwouldcautionthatpracticeandcommon
sensebeyourguidelestyouburnandscaryourpatientandhaveanice
liabilitylawsuitonyourhands.

IncreasingthePotencyofHerbalFormulas
1.Placethesingleherborformulainacontainer.
2.Fillwiththerequiredamountofalcohol(vodka,sake,etc.)
3.Sealthecontainerandsetasideina"properplace"toage
(rememberingtoagitatethecontaineronceortwiceperdayduringthe
agingperiod.)("Properplace",here,isdefinedasadark,"cool"/room
temperatureenvironment.)
Thisisthetraditionalway,orasIrefertoit,the
"OneSoakMethod."
Afteryouplacetheherbsinyourcontainer,fillwithhalftherequired
amountofalcohol(i.e.,ifyourgoalistomake1gallonofjowortonic,
usehalfagallonofalcohol;ifyouplantomakeahalfgallon,use1quart
ofalcohol,etc.).
Fromhere,sealthecontainerandtreatitasusual.Letyourformulaage
for6weeks.Afterthisinitialperiod,straintheliquidmixtureoffintoa
secondcontainer,sealandsetitasideforthemoment(inaproperplace.)

Atthispoint,beforeIproceedfurther,Ialwaysresealtheoriginal
containerandtipittooneside,allowingwhateverliquidremains,to
collect.Twotothreedayslater,Istrainoffthisremainingliquidandadd
ittowhatIveputasideinthatsecondcontainer.Thisisyour"First
Soak."
"TwoSoakMethod"
Youarenowreadytobegin"Part2."
Taketheoriginalcontainerandrefillwiththesecondhalfofyour
alcohol;resealandletthisageforanextendedperiodoftimethe
longerthebetter.
Afterthesecondagingperiodiscomplete,youstrainoffthis"second
soak"liquidandcombineitwiththe"firstsoak"batch(whichyouset
asideinthatsecondcontainer.)
Remembertorepeatthatstepoftippingthecontainerandcollectingthe
remainingliquid,whichyouaddtoyourfinishedbottle.Nowsealyour
containerorcontainers,storeanduseasneeded.
Sowhatsgoingon?
Imsureyourewellawareofthefactthatsomeherbalpropertiesare
betterextractedbywater,othersbyalcohol.Substanceslikevodkaand
sakeareanidealmediumformakingherbalpreparations.Whatyoumay
notbeawareofisthefactthatsomeofthepropertiesaremorereadily
extractedthanothers.Whatthis"TwoSoak"methoddoesistofirst

removethosemorereadilyextractedproperties(whichiswhatthatfirst
sixweekperioddid),thenthosemoredifficulttoremovepropertiesare
easiertogetat.Thesecondsoaking,then,makesforamorecomplete
removalofthesemoredifficulttoremoveproperties.Theresultisamore
completeextractionofallthepropertiesinyourformula,andamore
potentfinishedproduct.
Alcohol(70%byvolume)
Cattail(PuHuang)PollenExtract
ChinesePeony(chishao)rootextract
Dongquai(adanggui)rootextract
Dragon'sBloodPalm(xuejie)fruitextract
Frankincense(ruxiang)resinextract
Myrrh(moyao)resinextract
PeppermintOil
Safflower(honghua)FlowerExract
Tienchiginseng(sanqi)rootextract
Water

Ninety-nine percent of all contemporary practitioners will


undoubtedly opt to use in their practice ancient formulae which
have been tableted and created for today's practitioner instead of
spending thousands of hours learning how to formulate these
ancient remedies themselves. In our busy practices and lives, we
cannot expect to practice the same way it was done during the

Ming dynasty and before. Utilizing Chinese herbology today has


never been easier. Even with this in mind, knowledge of each
individual substance, along with the English translation and
indications, could prove to be a very valuable reference tool.
The following list should be saved for future reference. Notice the
list is in alphabetical order by Chinese name, followed by the
English common name and indications. Should the need for a
specific formula arise in which you are stymied not knowing where
to look, fax the details to me at 602-488-5008; we will do the best
we can to advise you and assist you in locating a patent formula or
to create one specifically for your needs.
Chinesename

Englishname

Indications

achiao

gelatin

Treatsyinweakness

aiyeh

artemisia

Quietsthefetus,dispelsgas

ch'aihu

bupleurum

Regulatesmenstruation,antipyretic

ch'anshui

cicada

Dispersesheat,stopsconvulsions

chechientzu

plantago

Diuretic,clearsfevers,detoxifies

ch'enpi

tangerine

Expectorant,energytonic

chenhsiang

aquilaria

Alleviatespain,reinforcesthekidney

chilitzu

tribulus

Promotesmilkproductioninnursingmothers

chilien

coptis

Digestive,antidysenteric

chiang

ginger

Foodpoisoning,coldextremities

chianghuang

tumeric

Stimulatesthegallbladder

ch'ianghuo

chianghuo

Diaphoretic,analgesic

chiehkeng

platycodon

Reducesswelling,promotespusdrainage

chienchih

gardenia

Antipyretic,snakebite

chuienchintzu

euphorbia

Poisonous,purgative,usedexternallyforskinandsores

chienniutzu

morningglory

Promotesmenstruation,inducesabortion

chihko

bitterorange

Antidiarrhetic,abdominalswelling,indigestion

chihmu

anemarrhena

Antipyretic,urinaryandboweldisorders

chihshao

peony

Lessensperspiration,purifiesyin,nightsweats,fever

chihtzu

gardenia

See"chienchih"

chinchieh

schizonepeta

Cerebralhemorrhagewithaphasia,anybleeding

chinchiu

gentian

Relievespain,promotesdiuresisandsweating

chinyinhua

lonicera

Clearsfeversanddetoxifies

chinyingtzu

rosa

Detoxifies,menstrualregularity

chingsanleng

scirpus

Stimulatesmenstrualflow,promotesmilkproduction

chiuchiehchangpu

anemone

Vermifugal,antitoxic

chuhua

chrysanthemum

Antipyretic,headachewithfever,vertigo

chuju

bamboo

Expectorant,antipyretic

chuli

bamboosap

Removesinternalheat

chuling

grifolia

Diuretic

chusha

cinnabar

Settlesnerves,convulsions,fearpalpitations

chuanchiao

zanthoxylum

Dispelschillsandcold,counteractsmoisture

ch'uanhsiung

conidium

Stopschildbirthbleeding,inducesuterinecontraction

ch'uanhoupo

magnoliabark

Antispasmodic,abdominaldistention,gastritis

chuanku

nuphar

Gynecologicalconditions,irregularmenstruation

chuanwu

aconite

Analgesic,antiarthritic

erhcha

catechu

Hemostatic,expectorant

fanhsiehyeh

cassia

Smoothesbowelmovement

fanhunghua

saffron

Difficultlabor,deadfetus,prolongedmenstruation

fanmupieh

strychnine

Debility,convalescencefromsevereillness

fangchi

stephania

Antispasmodic,antipyretic

fangfeng

siler

Analgesic,antipyretic

fengjou

siler

Analgesic,antipyretic

fengla

beeswax

Coatingofpills,baseforointments

fupentzu

woodberry

Preventsgraying,vigor,respiration

fuling

poria

Treatsspleenandstomach

fushen

poria

Treatsspleenandstomach

futzu

aconite

Analgesic,antiarthritic

hoshouwu

polygonum

Promotesfertility,buildsvitality,strengthensligaments

hotzu

terminalia

Stimulatesintestines,strengthenslungs

hsihsin

asarum

Analgesic,sedative

hsiyangshen

ginseng

Mentalstability,dispelsfire,producesbodyfluids

hsiakutsao

prunella

Antirheumatic,red,swelling,itchingeyes

hsiangfutzu

cyperus

Corrects"chi"circulation,alleviatespain,melancholia

hsiaohuihsiang

fennel

Abdominaldistention,promotesdigestion

hsiaomai

wheat

Reducesfever

hsiaotoukou

cardamon

Digestion

hsiehchieh

calamus

Bloodcirculation,stopsbleeding,knifewounds

hsienmi

rice

Stabilizespulmonaryandintestinalfunction

hsini

magnoliaflower

Alleviatespain,see"mupi"

hsingjen

apricot

Antispasmodic,sedative

hsutuan

dipsacus

Bloodcirculation,prematurelabor,traumainjuries

hsuanfuhua

inula

Intestinalfullness,pulmonarydisorders

hsuanhu

corydalis

Traumainjuries,relievespain,stimulatesenergy

hsuanshen`

scrophularia

Antiinflammatory,thirstfromstress,fever,lowersheat

huchiao

blackpepper

Warmsandaidselimination,ch'istagnancyinchest

humayou

sesameoil

Antiinflammatory,ringworm,itching,insectbites

hupo

amber

Convulsivedisordersinchildren,epilepsy

huachiao

pepper

Expelswormsandparasites

huashih

talc

Antiinflammatory,quenchesthirst,sunstroke

huaihua

sophora

Strengthensbloodvessels,hemoptysis,nosebleed

huangchi

astragalus

Stopsperspiration,strengthensspleen,nightsweats

huangch'in

scute(skullcap)

Reducesfever,quietsthefetus,removesmoistheat

huangching

polygonatum

Nourishesliverandkidney,promotesfertility,vitality

huangla

beeswax

Usedforcoatingpills,baseforointments

huanglien

coptis

Antipyretic,antidysenteric,heartdistress

huangpo

philodendron

Abdominaldistention,digestion,constipation

hunghua

carthamus

Clearsmeridianchannels,hemorrhageafterchildbirth

hungtsao

jujube

Calmsnerves,insomnia,forgetfulness,cardiacfunction

huohsiang

agastache

Strengthensstomachandstopsvomiting,clearsfever

ichihjen

ichihjen

Stimulant,tonic,astomachic

iijen

coix

Pulmonarydisorders,rheumatoidarthritis

imijen

coix

Pulmonarydisorders,rheumatoidarthritis

iyijen

coix

Pulmonarydisorders,rheumatoidarthritis

jenshen

ginseng

See"hsiyangshen"

joutoukou

nutmeg

Vomiting,foodstagnancy,paininthestomach

joutsungjung

cistanche

Generaltonic,aphrodisiac,impotence,infertility

juhsiang

olibanum(mastic)

Analgesic,sedative,resolvesbruisesandclots

kants'ao

licorice

Relaxant,supplementsenergy,see"tiaotsao"

kaoliangchiang

lessergalangal

Abdominalpain,vomiting,diarrhea,nausea

kaopen

ligusticum

Antispasmodic,antiarthritic,dispels"wind",benefitsskin

kengmi

rice(oryza)

Intestinalfunction,poorappetite,indigestion

koken

pueraria

Alcoholicintoxication,antipyretic

kouchi

chainfern

Excellenttonicforoldermen,strengthensspine

kouchitzu

lychee

Strengthenskidneys,restoressemen,nourishesliver

kouteng

gambir

Infantilefever,hypertensionwithheadache,convulsions

kumu

picrasma

Stomachsymptoms

k'ushen

sophora

Relievesfever,killsinsects,scabies,hives

kualou

trichosanthes

Aidspusdrainage,reducesswelling,detoxifies

kualouken

trichosanthes

Aidspusdrainage,reducesswelling,detoxifies

kuanmutung

aristolochia

See"matouling"

kuanmuhsiang

saussurea

Promotesenergycirculation,abdominalsymptoms

kueichih

cinnamon

Relaxesmuscles,stimulatesappetite

kueip'i

cinnamon

Relaxesmuscles,stimulatesappetite

lachiao

capsicum

Promotessweating,stimulant

liangchiang

lessergalangal

See"kaoliangchiang"

liench'iao

forsythia

Relievesheat,swelling,andsuppuration,erysipelas

luchiao

deerhorn

Antispasmodic,antipyretic,tonic,stimulant

luhui

aloe

Inconjunctionwithlicoriceforeczema

lungku

dragonbone

Anxiety,nightmares,sedative

lungtan

gentian

Intercostalpain,chills,fever,sorethroat

lungyenjou

longan

Amnesia,palpitationscausedbyfear,insomnia

mahuang

mahuang

Bronchialdilator,stimulatesrespiration,raisesBP

matouling

aristolochia

Relievescoughing,asthmaandbronchitis,expectorant

maimentung

ophiopogon

Regulateslungsandheart

manchintzu

vitex

Antipyretic,tonic,headache,vertigo

manghsiao

magnesiumsulphate

Laxative,reducesfever,expectorant

mshihtzu

oakgall

Chiefsourceoftannicacid,bleedingfromcuts

moyao

myrrh

Analgesic,externallyappliedtoscabies,painfulboils

moutanp'i

moutan

Antipyretic

mukua

Chinesequince

Improvesgastricfunction,relaxesmuscles

muli

oystershell

Clearsfever,breaksupcongestion,nightsweats

mupi

magnoliaflower

Alleviatespain

mut'ung

akebia

Promotesurination,counteractsinflammationandfever

nanshashen

adenophora

Nourishesyinandpurifiesthelungs,excessphlegm

niuihsi

achyranthes

Strengthensmusclesandbone,healsbruises,pusdrain

niupangtzu

burdock

Antipyretic,diuretic,chills,fever,dermatitis

oshu

zedoary

Stimulatesmenstrualflow,stagnancyofch'iandblood

pachitien

morinda

Strengthensbonesandligaments,antiarthritic

pachiaohuihsiang

anise

Abdominalpain,vomiting,anorexia

patou

croton

Violentpurgative

paichi

bletilla

Knifewounds,burns,nosebleeds

paichih

angelica

Promotespusdrainage,dispelsgas

paichu

atractylodes

Generaltonic,see"tsangchu"

paiho

tigerlily

Palpitationsduetofear,antitussive,antipyretic,diuretic

paihsienp'i

Chinesedittany

Loosensstiffjoints,eliminateswetfevers

paipu

stemona

Calmstherespiration,colds,coughs

paishao

peony

Spasmsofthearmsandlegs,strengthensblood

paitoukou

cardamon

Gastritis,belching,abdominaldistention

paitouweng

Chineseanemone

Eliminatesfever

paitzusu

perilla

See"tzusu"

paiwei

cynanchum

Yinweakness,feverduetowind

panhsia

pinellia

Reducesexpectoration,cough,vomiting,asthma

peihsin

asarum

Analgesic,sedative,expectorant,diuretic

peimu

fritillary

Loosenscongestion,resolvesphlegm,fever

peiwuwei

schizandra

Strengthenslungsandkidneys

pihsieh

tokoro

Antirheumatic,diuretic

pimatzu

castoroilplant

Throatparalysis,droopingeyes/mouth

pipa

longpepper

Antipyretic,gastricfullness,waterydiarrhea

pipayeh

eriobotrya(loquat)

Lowersexcessenergy,quietscough

pitaokan

persica

Injuriesfromfalling,see"t'aojen"

piehchia

turtleshell

Coolsfever,infantileepilepsy,debilitatingfever

pientou

dolichos

Arrestsdiarrheaandvomiting,abdominaldistention

pinlang

betelnut

Intestinalparasites,chestpain,abdominalpain

poho

mint

Stomachic,sorethroat

potzujen

arborvita

Expectorant,nutritivetonic

puhuang

cattail

Prolongedmenstruation,achingarmsafterchildbirth

pukuchih

psoralea

Sexualdysfunction,threatenedabortion,impotence

sanchi

pseudoginseng

Bleedingdisorders,nosebleeds,hemoptysis

sangchisheng

loranthus

Backache,stiffjoints,arthritis

sangpaipi

mulberry

Relieveslungcongestion,promotesdiuresis

shajen

Chinesecardamon

Abdominalpain,distention,gastricdisorders

shajenk'o

Chinesecardamon

Abdominalpain,distention,gastricdisorders

shak'o

Chinesecardamon

Abdominalpain,distention,gastricdisorders

shancha

crataegus

Distentioninthechestandabdomen,foodstagnancy

shanchuyu

cornus

Liverandkidneydysfunction,tinnitus

shannai

galangal

Dandruff,scabies

shanyao

dioscorea(yam)

Nutrienttonic,digestant

shanglu

phytolacca

Externallyusedforfoulsores,poisonous

shehsiang

muskdeer

Antispasmodic,analgesic,convulsions,apoplexy

shengchiang

ginger

Foodpoisoning,nausea,abdominaldistention

shengma

cimicifuga

Chronicdiarrhea,uterineprolapse,antipyretic

shengti

rehmannia

Prematuregraying,cardiotonic,hemostatic

shihchangpu

acorus

Analgesic,vermifugal,externallyappliedtocarbuncles

shihchuntzu

quisqualis

Vermifugal,abdominalpainduetoparasites

shihhu

dendrobium

Nourishesyinandpromotessalivation

shihkao

gypsum

Speechdisorders,extremethirst,drymouth,heatsymptoms

shihlientzu

lotus

Tonic

suhsia

pinellia

Stopsbleeding,reducesinflammation,strengthensSP

suantsaojen

zizyphus

Insomniaduetostress,palpitations,sedative

suoyang

cynomorium

Strengthenskidneysandgonads,impotence,tonic

tachi

knoxia

Diuretic

tafupi

betelnut

See"pinlang"

tahuang

rhubarb

Constipation,indigestion,stomachic

tamajen

cannabis

Constipation,substitutedbylinumusitatissimum

tatsao

jujube

Regulatescardiacandpulmonaryfunction

tanchuyeh

lophatherum

Clearsfever,irritability

tanhsiang

sandalwood

breathing

tantoushih

soja

Relaxesmuscles,clearsfever,apprehension,irritability

tangkuei

tangkuei

Headache,lowerback,meridianblockage,circulation

t'aojen

persica

Injuriesfromfalling,mentalinstability,sedative

tenghsintsao

juncus

Sedative,diuretic

tihuang

rehmannia

Cardiotonic,hemostatic

tikupi

lyceumbark

Antipyretic,cough,fever

tiyu

sanguisorba

Postpartumdifficulties,snakeandinsectbites

tiaoteng

gambir

Flatulence,vertigo,hypertensionwithheadache

tiaotsao

licorice

Supplementsenergy,loosensphlegm,intoxication

tienma

gastrodia

Antigas,quietsmusclespasms

tiennanhsing

arisaema

Relievesspasmsandpain,reducesswelling

tinghsiang

cloves

Warmsthebody,alleviatespain,increasescirculation

tsangchu

atractylodes

Generaltonictoincreaseappetiteandpromotehealth

tsaochiao

gleditsia

Loosenscongestion,resolvesphlegm,constipation

tsaowu

aconite

Verytoxic,antiarthritic,analgesic

tsehsieh

alisma

Urinarytract,kidneystones,aphrodisiac

tseshe

alisma

Urinarytract,kidneystones,aphrodisiac

tufuling

smilax

Antispasmodic,diuretic

tunchih

lard

Baseforointments

tungchunghsiatsao

cordycep

Restorativeandtonic

tungjuatzu

benincasa

Antiinflammatory

tzusu

perilla

Chiimbalances,quietsfetus,asthma,detoxifies

tzuts'ao

lithospermum

Antifebrile,coolsblood,lubricatesintestines

tzuwan

aster

Toquietrestlesscryingchildren,quietsnervoussystem

weilinghsien

Chineseclemati

Flatulence,painatthewaist,knees,armsandlegs

weilingts'ai

potentilla

Eliminatesfever,coolstheblood

wuchuyu

evodia

Uterinemusclestimulant,increasebloodpressure

wumei

darkplum

Antifebrile,antispasmodic,persistentcough,worms

wupeitzu

Chinesesumac

Pulmonaryweakness,hemostatic

wuyao

lindera

Antiinflammatory,analgesic

yamenjen

linseed

Laxative,constipation

yenhusuo

corydalis

Relievespain,stimulatesenergyandcirculation

yinch'enhao

artemisia

Antipyretic,diuretic

yinyanghuo

epimedium

Aphrodisiac,warmsthekidneys,strengthensyang

yingpi

cherry

Relievescough

yuchu

polygonatum

Slowsanddeepensrespiration,antiarthritic,fever

yuanchih

polygala

Reducesswelling,sedative