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Making Dit Da Jow

A Dit Da Jow is an herbal formula (liniment) used for treating external injuries. They are commonly used in martial art training to speed up the healing of injuries or toughen the body. A common translation of the name "Dit Da Jow" is "Hit medicine" or Hit wine". There are many recipes that circulate in martial art circles. However, it is not always easy to find all the ingredients depending on the formula. Sometimes a formula will specify a toxic ingredient (e.g., Horse Coin) or other herbs that are not commonly available.

If you are interested in making your own liniment, here's a simple, yet effective formula one you can use from our East Earth Trade Winds herbalist. We stock all the herbs in this formula in four ounce sizes which will give you enough to make several batches. Some of the herbs are very cheap, some of the herbs are expensive, but the product you'll end up with will be well worth it.

The formula is called "Chong's Dit Da Jow." Chong is a word meaning "having vim and vigor".

Pseudoginseng Root (Tian Qi) 4 oz
Angelica Sinensis (heads) 2 oz
Sanguis Draconis 2 oz
Homalomenae 2 oz
Gummi Olibanum (frankincense) 2 oz
Myrrha 2 oz
Carthami 1 oz
Cinnamon Bark 1 oz

Place the ingredients in a large glass gallon jar. (Note: We can provide you with this formula premeasured if you call or email us). Fill with alcohol. Use something with a high alcohol content like vodka. The higher proof the better. Remember to label this for external use only! Do not drink it and keep out of reach of children.

Let the herbs soak for a minimum of two months before you use it. Ideally you should agitate (shake) the bottle every day. Make sure you do it at least a couple of times a week though.

Since it takes a while to make this liniment you should start another batch about a week or two after the first. Then you'll have some more on hand when you use up the first bottle.

How to use: This formula is excellent to use for any kind of external injury. You don't have to be a martial artist to use it. It is perfect for bruises, muscle strains, pulled muscles, sprains or any other kind of injury related to work or sports. Apply it by pouring a small amount over the injured area and rub in. Do this several times, waiting a few minutes between applications to it to dry. For best results apply 2-3 times per day. You should find that your injuries will heal in about one-half to one-third of the normal time. The only contraindication would be not to apply to an area where the skin is broken.

If you are a martial artist and want to toughen your fists, arms or shins, you should apply this after your conditioning exercises. You will recuperate faster which will allow you to continue with your training.

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