One of the classical specialties of Chinese medicine was known as Fall and Hit Medicine, or Die Da Ke 跌打科 in Mandarin. This was the original medicine to treat traumatic injury and pain, and included a wide variety of therapies including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, physical manipulation, and therapeutic exercises. One of the very characteristic forms of herbal medicine from this specialty was external herbal applications in the forms of poultices, soaks, oils and liniments. In particular, liniments became famous in martial arts circles for their efficacy in treating all sorts of pain and injury. These traditional liniments are called Die Da Jiu 跌打酒 ("Fall and Hit Wine") in Mandarin, or Dit Da Jow in Cantonese, the name more commonly seen in the western world.
While commercially produced Dit Da Jow are commonly available, authentic hand made Dit Da Jow is becoming a thing of the past. Here we offer classical Dit Da Jow formulas made by hand in small batches with high quality herbs. Formulas can also be made on a custom order basis for martial artists, athletes, dancers, or other similar physically active people. Contact us for information on ordering pre-made or custom made liniments. Please also contact us for information on traditional injury and pain treatment in our clinic.
Taiji (Tai Chi) Five Fragrance Liniment
Taiji Five Fragrance Liniment is our currently available pre-made Dit Da Jow. This formula comes from Dr. McCann's Taiji (Tai Chi) lineage and was the formula used by Taiji Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. A version of it also was used in the Shaolin Temple, the famous birthplace of many Chinese martial arts. It is designed to treat injury, bruising, low back pain, pain and swelling due to fracture or dislocation, and other similar conditions. For EXTERNAL USE only. $15 for a 4oz. bottle.
Ingredients: Fl. Caryophylii, Rx. Saussureae seu Vladimiriae, Gummum Olibani, Fr. Foeniculi Vulgaris, Rx. Angelicae Sinensis, and others
Martial arts schools, individual martial artists, professional athletes, or other similar people can make Dit Da Jow at home. We provide ready made formulas that yield 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon of finished product at a lower price than pre-made formulas. Kits come with a glass container and dried herbs, but does not include the alcohol used as the base. Click here to download a flier of the kits we have currently.
Custom Made Formulas
Formulas can be custom made for the needs of specific martial arts or other training regimens or specific types of injuries or other health concerns. Martial Arts schools can contact us for information on bulk ordering of pre-made liniments, or can order liniment kits for making liniments. Dr. McCann is also available to teach martial arts schools the basics of traditional injury management, including the use of topical herbal formulas and acupressure for self-care. Many martial arts schools are now requiring this type of training for instructor or black belt level students.
Ordering and More Information
To inquire about ordering pre-made or custom liniments, or for more information or information on classes for martial arts studios (in NJ) please contact us or call (973) 449-0340.
Dr. Henry McCann is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of Oriental medicine with over 15 years of private practice experience. He has also practiced Asian martial arts for over 30 years. Initially starting with Okinawan Karate, he lived as a graduate student in Okinawa, Japan where he trained at the Kyudokan in Naha. Dr. McCann is a 3rd degree black belt in Kobayashi-ryu and Isshin-ryu Karate, and a 2nd dan in Ryukyu Kempo. He is a 12th generation lineage holder in Chen Style Taijiquan, and a 3rd generation lineage holder in Hunyuan Chen Style Taijiquan as a direct indoor disciple of Wang Feng Ming. For more information on Dr. McCann please click here.