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Since the publication of A Tooth From The Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors, thousands of people have written in with questions and stories of successfully treating their own injuries. Many have gone onto to take the courses offered by Zheng Gu Tui Na founders Tom Bisio and Frank Butler in Chinese medical massage, Kung Fu Sports Medicine and Qi Gong Rehabilitation.

Many more have asked for additional information on the treatment of trauma, injury and orthopedic conditions. Beyond A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth will meet these requests by providing more information on this fascinating and clinically effective aspect of traditional Chinese medicine through articles, and video presentations.
A Tooth From The Tiger’s Mouth is now published in three languages: English, Spanish and Russian.


Treating Overstretched Ligaments & Tendons with Chinese Medicine: Part 2 by Tom Bisio

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In Treating Overstretched Ligaments & Tendons with Chinese Medicine Part 1, we discussed the use of Liniments, Soaks, and Gao (Poultices) in treating these kinds of injuries. Continuing our multi-modality approach to treatment, this article looks at the use moxibustion to stimulate healing and dietary factors that can enhance or inhibit tissue healing.
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Luo Family Bone Setting: Herbs for Treating Bone Fractures and Joint and Soft Tissue Injuries

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 The Luo Family has produced seven generations of experts in orthopedics and bone setting. They are famous in Beijing for their orthopedic skills. This material is excerpted from their book: Luo’s Manipulations of Bone Setting by Luo Jin Dan and Luo Su Lian, Peoples’ Medical Publishing House.

Note: use of these herbs requires knowledge of traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment and should not be used by the layperson. Some of these herbs can have toxic side effects if they are inappropriately prescribed or are improperly gathered and processed. This presentation is for informational purposes only. Read More…

Tendon Soup Helps Heal Ligament and Tendon Injuries

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Tendon soup is a common-sense healing recipe that many of us have forgotten about with the rise of modern medicine. Eating tendon soup or tendon broth several times a week can help ligament and tendon injuries heal faster. If you are engaged in activities that stress the tendons and ligaments – such as martial arts, dance and/or intensive sports – tendon soup can also be eaten once a week to help prevent injury.

Tendon soup is a traditional Asian dish that can be found at Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants, especially in cities where there is a large Asian population.

Below are two recipes for making tendon soup yourself. Read More…

Bone Injury Soak

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An interesting Chinese medicine herbal soak for complications occurring after a bone fracture.
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Herbal Soak for Grappling Injuries

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This herbal soak is a traditional Shaolin Herbal treatment formula for bruising and pain due to grappling. The formula contains exterior releasing herbs that work at the superficial layers of the body, as well as herbs that relax the sinews and warm and quicken the blood to move local blood stasis, prevent stiffness and kill pain. Read More…

HAI TONG PI SOAK

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Hai Tong Pi is a very effective soak for treating chronic obstruction (Bi) in the lower back and limbs. It can be used as a compress or a soak/fumigation for sports injuries or in the second or third stage of a traumatic injury. Read More…

Making Medicine: Gaos – Plasters/Pastes

by NYIA Instructor Adam Wasserman L.Ac.

This article is the first in a series of articles that  focus on the processes of making medicine. It’s easy to walk into a pharmacy in Chinatown and walk out with packets full of herbs, but turning those herbs into medicinal products such as teas, pills, ointments and the like can be difficult. We will detail some of the methods for creating those products here. Read More…

Use of Guide Herbs in Trauma (Die Da) Formulas

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One way of modifying Chinese formulas is to add guide herbs (envoy herbs) which convey the action of the herbal ingredients to the desired area. In this article we will discuss the use of guide herbs in trauma formulas, looking at two important Die Da Formulas and how to modify them using guide herbs. Read More…

Die Da Wan (Trauma Pills or “Hit” Pills)

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Die Da Wan (“Trauma Pills” or “Hit Pills”) are an important tool in treating traumatic injury. The application of Trauma Pills as a treatment modality is very specific, yet like many tools in Chinese medicine there is some room for flexibility and creativity in their usage. Since the publication of A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth, I have received many questions about Die Da Wan, which have made me realize that there is some only confusion about their manufacture, composition and application. This article will hopefully answer some of those questions.  Read More…

The Concept of “Dead Blood” in Treating Martial Arts and Sports Injuries: Part 2

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“Dead Blood” is a complicating factor in the treatment of martial arts and sports injuries and trauma in general. In sports and martial arts injuries, dead blood is often a result of improper treatment or lack of treatment at the time of the injury. This second installment on treating dead blood explores more in-depth strategies for treatment, offers informative case studies and talks about snake medicine in Taiwan…

Read Part One of this article HERE. Read More…

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