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Chinese Herbal Soaks For Soft Tissue and Bone Injuries of the Upper and Lower Limb

Here are two Chinese herbal soaks for soft tissue and bone injuries that illustrate the traditional use of guide herbs. The guide herbs here are employed externally to maximize the effectiveness of the prescription.

These classic and elegant martial arts prescriptions are of practical clinical use and should be part of every Tui Na and Zheng Gu practitioner’s arsenal.

Soak for Injuries in the Upper Limb

  • Shen Jin Cao 15 grams
  • Tou Gu Cao 15
  • Fang Feng 9
  • Jing Jie 9
  • Hong Hua 9
  • Qian Nan Jian 12
  • Liu Ji Nu 9
  • Rou Gui 12
  • Su Mu 9
  • Chuan Xiong 9
  • Wei Ling Xian 9

Decoct and fumigate, soak and bathe affected limb.

Relieves rigidity of muscles and spasms by promoting circulation. For involuntary spasms and aching of muscles after a bone fracture, dislocation or other traumatic injury to the upper limb.

Chinese Herbal SoakSoak For Injuries in the Lower Limb

  • Shen Jin Cao 15 grams
  • Tou Gu Cao 15
  • Wu Jia Pi 12
  • San Leng 12
  • E Zhu 12
  • Qin Jiao 12
  • Hai Tong Ping 12
  • Mu Gua 10
  • Niu Xi 10
  • Hong Hua 10
  • Su Mu 10

Decoct and fumigate, soak and bathe affected limb.

Promotes blood circulation to relieve rigidity of muscles, involuntary spasms and aching of muscles in the lower limb.

General Instructions for Chinese Herbal Soaks:

Cover the ingredients in a half gallon or more of water. Bring to a boil, then turn down the flame, cover the pot and simmer for 40 minutes.

When the decoction is still hot you can steam the injured area, fumigating it completely with the steam. This allows the formula to penetrate the superficial layers of the skin and flesh.

Then soak towels or cloth in the formula and use them as compresses over the injured area. Have at least two cloths so that as soon as one cools down you can replace it with another. Make sure to let the cloths cool slightly before putting them on the skin so as not to burn yourself.

If the injured area is on the hand or foot you can immerse it in the liquid.

Save the herbs and liquid and reheat for the next use. There is no need to boil and simmer the herbs after the first time. Simply warm the herbs up to the appropriate temperature (ie: very warm, but not burning or scalding) and use as directed above.

One soak, as listed above, will last for six days, if used 1-2 times a day.