Renzo Attending Die Da Jiu Course
By mingmengv4, May 30 2016 06:24AM
A few days ago I attended a Die Da Jiu (Dit Da Jao in Cantonese) Course; what’s Die Da Jiu I hear you say!
Die Da Jiu 跌打酒 (“Fall and Hit Wine”) are Chinese injury poultices and liniments. These liniments became famous in martial arts circles for their efficacy in treating all sorts of pains and traumatic injuries gained in training. I first became aware of these liniments in the early 1980’s when my Si Gong Wong Shun Leong came to The Basement to hold a seminar and gave some Die Da powder to Nino my Wing Chun Teacher to make into a liniment for all our bumps and clumps which we got while training.
Sifu Lam my main Qi Gong Teacher was also a Chinese bone setter and use Die Da Jiu and other poultices to remedy many musculoskeletal problems. On one occasion he got rid of a ganglion on my wrist using Die Da Jiu and Wǔ Xíng QìGōng Tuī Ná (Chinese Massage).
I learned how to create and use a number of topical liniments and poultices based on Classical Chinese injury formulas. I found out about the actions and uses of the Chinese herbs to help treat acute and chronic injuries. We looked at how to integrate their use in practice, and when to use the liniments on patients, to speed repair and healing. It was a very hands on practical and educational day where I got to touch, feel, smell and taste the herbs that are used to create the liniments. I got to produce a number of liniments, poultice liquids, pastes, and herbal powder mixtures, to use on myself and on my patients.
I have wanted to learn this stuff for years and now I have added Die Da Jiu to Acupuncture and Meridian Massage to help my students and patients when they either get clumped in class or turn up in clinic with painful injuries.