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Dit Da Jow: Liniments

What are Liniments?

Herbal liniments are topical medicine that is used for treating soft tissue injuries. These liquid embrocation’s as they are often referred to, are used for treating sprains, muscle pulls, bruising, dislocations hairline fractures, bone breaks, muscle constriction, contusion and torn and/or strained ligaments and tendons with accompanying inflammation and swelling. Also referred to as ointment, in martial arts liniments are loosely referred to as Dit Da Jow, a Chinese term whose literal English translation is “Hit Medicine.” Typically liniments or Dit Da Jow recipes will contain anywhere from 10 to as many as 40 ingredients. It should not be assumed; however, that the number of ingredients determines the efficacy of one formula over another.

Generally speaking, herbal liniments are considered either hot or cold, based on their energetic properties. Normally, the cold variety is used for treating acute injuries, while the hot variety is usually appropriate for chronic recurring injuries and certain training regimens. There are four different types of liniments, and as one might expect, each has its own therapeutic effect. The four types are: 1.  alcohol-based liniments, 2. oil-based liniments, 3. vinegar-based liniments, and 4. water-based liniments.

Of the different types, alcohol-based liniments are the most preferred by martial artists because of alcohol’s speedy penetration and evaporation. Also, herbs soaked in wine or one of the other spirits produce a higher concentration of the essence of the herbs due to alcohol’s abilities as an extractive solvent. In contrast, oil-based liniments penetrate slower when compared to alcohol-based jows. Water-based liniments are known to have the poorest penetration, which can be somewhat offset by warming them prior to use. Last but not least, vinegar-based liniments are excellent for reducing swelling and inflammation with their downside being (some traditional Chinese Herbalists insist) that prolonged use makes the bones brittle, therefore they are usually not recommended for sustained training such as Hand Conditioning and Iron Palm.

The raw herb liniments listed below are all very old and highly regarded recipes that can be prepared by simply putting the formula into a gallon of alcohol and storing them in a cool semi-dark environment devoid of sunlight for a year or longer. The longer they are aged or “cured” the more potent they become!  Although the manufactured  liniments (patent formulas) listed below are representative of some of the more popular commercial brands, discerning users may want to consider purchasing raw herbal ingredients and preparing their own liniments by aging one of the following formulas in 80 proof spirits such as vodka or rice wine (not ethanol).  When good quality herbs are used that are allowed to age for 1-3 years or longer, the resulting brew (usually 1+ gallon) is of a medicinal quality far superior to commercial liniments.

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19 Ingredients All-Purpose Liniment, Premade, 8 Ounce Bottle, Dit Da Jow
跌打酒 Modified versions of this well-known generic liniment have been used by many different martia..
$22.99
19 Ingredients All-Purpose Liniment, raw form: one herb kit makes gallon + jow
跌打酒 Modified versions of this well-known generic liniment have been used by many different martia..
$71.99
Cao Chong’s Liniment, Premade, 8 Ounce Bottle, Dit Da Jow
曹冲的搽剂 This ancient recipe is famous for its use by martial artists in the beginning stages of tra..
$25.99
Cao Chong’s Liniment, raw form: herb kit makes gallon+ jow
曹冲的搽剂 This ancient recipe is famous for its use by martial artists in the beginning stages of tra..
$79.99
Fang Zhi Gao, raw form: 4 herb kits = 60+ day supply
方志高 Aka: Prescription for Herbal Fomentation At the end of a massage session especially in cas..
$58.99
Fang Zhi Gao, raw form: 54 gram herb kit  = 15+ day supply
方志高 Aka: Prescription for Herbal Fomentation At the end of a massage session especially in cas..
$15.99
Shaolin Wu Xiang Jow, Premade, 8 Ounce Bottle, Dit Da Jow
少林吴翔搽剂 Aka: Shaolin Five Fragrances Jow This is a famous prescription in Buddhist medicine, an..
$27.99
Shaolin Wu Xiang Jow, raw form: herb kit makes one gallon+ jow
少林吴翔搽剂 Aka: Shaolin Five Fragrances Jow; it is a famous prescription in Buddhist medicine, and as..
$79.99
Tieh Ta Yao Gin, patent formula: 4 - 100cc bottles
中药搽剂肌肉拉伤 This is an excellent liniment used by TCM as well as Hit Medicine practitioners to treat..
$56.99
Tieh Ta Yao Gin, patent formula: bottle 100cc
中药搽剂肌肉拉伤 This is an excellent liniment used by TCM as well as Hit Medicine practitioners to treat..
$14.95
Tiger Exits the Forest Jow (aka) Shaolin Die Da Shen Liang Fan, Premade, 8 Ounce Bottle, Dit Da Jow
老虎退出森林搽剂 Aka: Tiger Exits the Forest or Tiger Exits This is an ancient remedy that has be..
$34.99
Tiger Exits the Forest Jow (aka) Shaolin Die Da Shen Liang Fan, raw form: herb kit = gallon+ jow
老虎退出森林搽剂 Aka: Tiger Exits the Forest and Tiger Exits This is an ancient remedy that h..
$119.99
Zheng Gu Shui, Patent Liniment Formula: 4 bottles
强大的草药搽剂 An herbal liniment "must have" in every martial artist’s first-aid kit; this ancient lini..
$59.99
Zheng Gu Shui, Patent Liniment Formula: bottle 100cc
强大的草药搽剂 An herbal liniment "must have" in every martial artist’s first-aid kit; this ancient lini..
$15.99

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