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Brew 6 weeks in one gallon of vodka or gin. Use a dark glass or ceramic container.
- Hong Hua (Safflower): Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, promotes circulation.
- Bai Zhi (White Angelica): An "upper class herb" (implies safer, more effective). Antipyretic (reduces fever), analgesic, antibacterial.
- Du Huo (Angelica Pubescens Radix): Analgesic, anti-inflammation, sedative.
- Mo Yao (Myrrh): Activates blood flow, relieve pain, and promote tissue regeneration.
- E Zhu (Zedoaria Rhizome): Used as a spice, food coloring, and preservative. May help improve immunity against cancer.
- Ru Xiang (Frankincense): Make sure it is clear: no black or brown impurities. Synergistic with Myrrh. Used in traditional Asian medicine for digestion and healthy skin.
- Niu Xi (Achyranthes Root): Stimulates blood flow. Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Hou Po (Magnolia Bark): Anti-inflammatory, analgesic. Aids in relaxation of skeletal muscles. Some antibacterial properties.
- Chuan Xiong (Sichuan Lovage): Relatively nontoxic. Used to promote blood flow, remove blood stasis, and relieve pain.
- Yu Jin (Turmeric Tuber): Anti-inflammatory. good for sprains, wounds, bruises, itchy skin. Edible, with a strong yellow color.
- Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia Root): Can be used to stop bleeding.
- Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig): Topical cinnamon has antimicrobial properties. Too much may be irritating or cause allergic reactions. Widens blood vessels to increase blood flow.
- Rou Gui (Cinnamon Bark): See above.
- Fang Feng (Siler Root): Antipyretic (reduces fever), analgesic, antibacterial effects.
- Ji Xue Teng (Millettia Radix): Slows heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Antibacterial, especially against staphylococci. Used to improve blood tone, activate blood flow, loosen muscles and joints.
- Mu Dan Pi (Mountain Peony Bark): Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, analgesic.
- Mu Xiang (Auklandia Root): Believed to have anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties.
- Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis Rhizome): Similar analgesic action to morphine, but much less potent. Stimulates blood flow and relieves pain.
- Xu Duan (Dipsacus Root): Promotes white blood cells, strengthens muscles and bone.
- Bai Shao Yao (White Peony): Promotes white blood cells, including lymphocytes. Antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, and antipyretic properties.
- Tan Xiang (Sandalwood): Regulate blood flow and stomach function. Aromatic scent.
- Xiao Hui Xiang (Fennel Seed): Protects against chemical-induced toxicity. Used to normalize blood flow and relieve pain.
The finished product after 6 weeks.
Bottled and ready to go!
The Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs, 2nd. Ed., by Chang Huang
Chinese Herbs: Their Botany, Chemistry, and Pharmacodynamics, by John D. Keys
Herbs Dymystified: A Scientist Explains How the Most Common Herbal Remedies Really Work by Holly Phaneuf, PhD
Note that Dit Da Jow is for external use only. Use at your own risk, and if you have questions, see a doctor.
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