Dit Da Jow is a traditional liniment from China that has long been used to treat a whole range of different ailments from bruises and swelling through to rheumatism and arthritis.
However in the west it has commonly been constrained to martial arts circles where practitioners have used it to treat injuries suffered in training and also in conjunction with certain training methods such as Iron fist or Iron palm from Kung Fu which aims to toughen up the skin on the knuckles, fingers and palms of the hands.
I have always sworn by it and have used it for years both when I was a practicing martial arts instructor and for my own arthritis and joint problems, you can sometimes buy this from shops but the potency of it is somewhat dubious at the best of times and besides it is far cheaper and more interesting to make your own, this is a slightly non-traditional recipe using herbs that are more readily available in the west however it it has always worked perfectly well for me and my own instructor has been using it for over 40 years and wont touch anything else.
If you are lucky enough to live in a rural area than most of what you need can be gathered quite easilly if not you might have to go through a herbalist or catalogue to get hold of what you need, if you find that you are going to be using it regularly you might want to start growing some of the more hard to find items.
Here is what you need to make the Jow
- Arnica blossoms
- Blessed Thistle
- Goldenseal root
- Ginger root
- Sasparilla root
- Witch Hazel
- Stinging Nettle
- St. John’s Wort
- Wintergreen oil
- Rubbing alcohol
Use equal proportions of all the items listed, by weight. You can meaure them out on a small kitchen scale.
Grind the herbs in a mortar & pestle and place them into a glass jar. Add in the rubbing alcohol, if for some reason you cant get hold of rubbing alcohol you can use Vodka.
Next you need to add in the herbs I use 4 ounces of dried herbs to one pint of alcohol (or equivalent proportions). Seal the jar tightly and leave it in a cool dark place .
Allow the infusion to work for two weeks; once or twice a day, swirl the liquid gently through the herbal mash. After two weeks, strain off the liquid and discard the herbal residue.
This tincture can be applied as is to swollen or bruised areas, or can be mixed with a thickener (like lanolin or safflower oil) and a hardener (like beeswax) to make an ointment.
A big part of the benefit from using this or any other tincture for that matter is the rubbing motion that you use when applying it, make sure that you really work it in well and that the direction that you rub in is away from the heart, this will help aid blood flow to the damaged or sore area helping to aid recovery