Frequently Asked Questions
What is dit da jow?
Dit da jow translated into English means Hit Wine Medicine. It is an externally applied liniment, usually prepared in a base of rice wine or alcohol, hence the wine in ‘Hit Wine’. Dit da jow is used to treat areas of the body that receive impact or trauma resulting from training or conditioning skills.
What is dit da jow made from?
Dit da jow is made from a specific blend of Chinese herbs in a liquid base usually consisting of, but not limited to, water and alcohol. The actual formula and specific process of making a potent traditional jow is varied and often proprietary. For a jow to reach full potency requires not only careful preparation, but proper storage and aging.
Why should I use dit da jow?
Dit da jow has traditionally been used as an important component of conditioning exercises and to treat impact injuries. It is a medically proven to increase circulation, disperse fluids, and speed healing. The type of impact received during training or conditioning exercises results in cellular damage. If the damage received is over a large area or severe, you can see and feel the results as tenderness and bruising. The body naturally heals itself, but often in the process, scar tissue and adhesions form. If damage accumulates, it will result in decreased mobility, stiffness, reduced circulation and energy blocks.
Dit da jow greatly assists in preventing the formulation of scar tissue and adhesions by speeding healing and increasing circulation. The increase in circulation and the stasis inhibiting effects of jow bring fresh nutrient rich blood to the area while flushing out waste and by products of the healing process. Since there is less waste blocking supply channels and fresh repair material is available, the body can heal not only faster, but more efficiently (with less scar tissue and adhesions).
What are the benefits of using jow?
The benefits of using jow become very apparent when you compare the hands of people who practice conditioning exercises. The people who use Jow have full mobility and use of their hands and their hands look normal. People who practice the same exercises and don’t use jow have less mobility, dexterity and the hands look deformed, with enlarged joints and stiff fibrous skin that lacks flexibility and tactical sensitivity. The longer they have been training the more damage and the worse their condition.
How do I use dit da jow?
Dit da jow is very simple to use. A small portion is poured into the hands and the liquid is massaged into the area being treated. The massaging motion should always be toward the heart. It is used before and after training or conditioning drills. For injuries, it should be used as soon as possible following the injury and three or four times each day, until the injury resolves. The massaging process should not be rushed as it assists the penetration and performance of the jow.
Are there different types of dit da jow?
Yes. Jows can be divided into three main categories: Training Jows, Conditioning Jows and Injury Jows. Each of these categories can be further broken down, for instance; conditioning jows can be divided into initial, intermediate and long term formulas, each with different effect and emphasis depending on your particular stage and level of development.
Training jows consist of general all purpose jows and massage jows which are helpful in relieving mild discomfort from normal training and over worked muscles.
For injuries, there are jows formulated for initial injuries where swelling and bruising occur, and there are jows for older injuries where the initial trauma has passed but pain or discomfort persists. For more specific information on the different types of jow and their use, see the Training Hall section of the site.
On this site, there is a distinction between training and conditioning, what is the difference?
Training consists of the drills you perform when practicing the particular martial art you are studying. For instance, punching and kicking in the air, stepping drills, forms, etc.
Conditioning is the performance of specific drills designed to condition or toughen a certain area of the body to strengthen it to withstand impact without damage. For instance, Iron Palm training, Iron Broom, Iron Arm, etc. For more information on this subject, visit the Training Hall.
How is ditdajow.com jow different than other jows?
Not all dit da jows are made the same. Some processing methods are kept very simple so that the average person could make their own medicine. Although these simple jows may work on light bruises, they can not compare to the more potent jows an experienced herbalist can make using more elaborate processing methods. Ditdajow.com uses time proven traditional formulas and processing methods reserved for master herbalist and sages. One look or use of our jow and you can see and feel the difference. Our formulas are dark in color showing that they are full strength and concentrated, not watered down. You can smell the potency of our jows as we use only the highest grade ingredient and exacting processing methods. Our jows are not mass produced and rushed out the door. You can feel how our jows absorb and penetrate the skin and see how quickly they assist the healing process. Ditdajow.com makes no compromise in providing you the best jow money can buy.
How do I decide what jow I should use?
Ditdajow.com offers many different formulations to satisfy your specific needs. One jow can not do it all. To determine which jow is best for you, you must first determine what you will be using the jow for.
Use the ditdajow.com guide below: