Oils & Liniments


If you practice partial arts, this is what you are looking for. A specially-formulated blend of herbs which promotes the circulation of Blood and Qi and relieves Blood Stagnation. An old-time tradition among marital artists throughout the orient is to rub a dit da jiao into the hands, wrists, forearms, shins, ankles, and feet, prior to striking and blocking practice to minimize the bruising due to traumatic injury. Full Contact does not heat up like Zheng Gu Shui, the hot balms, or Green Willow, and can be used for areas that feels hot and swollen to the touch, especially after a workout or an injury.

Contains water, alcohol, carthamus flower, angelica dang gui, sanguis draconis, rhubarb root, frankincense, myrrh, pseudoginseng, arnica, and other herbs.


Similar to the above Full Contact formulation, but with a warming effect. This formula is especially useful when used prior to a workout, for those at early stages of training, and for those who have chronically cold hands and feet which are hard to warm up. After a few months of training, one should develop warmth in the hands more naturally, and use of this formulations can be diminished or discontinued. Use preventatively by rubbing over hands, wrists, forearms, shins, ankle, and feet before striking and blocking practice.

Contains alcohol, water, carthamus flower, angelica dang gui, persica seed, licorice, ginger, cinnamon, aconite, frankincense, myrrh, other herbs.

Go to my Dit Da Jiao Formula Page. It includes ingredients and instructions for producing your own dit da jiao. I also set it up as a Graphical Dit Da Jiao Formula Page with Wordperfect Presentations. If you have a good formula, send it in, and I'll put up a page for it.


"Bone-correcting Water"

Promotes Blood circulation, reduces swelling, relieves pain, promotes regeneration of broken bone tissue, and promotes healing of fractures. It is used to treat fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains and contusions from sports, martial arts, and other traumatic injuries. The application feels cool initially, then heats up. This is similar to the recommended treatment for traumatic injuries; apply cold for the first 12-72 hours, then apply heat, or alternate the two. This is a highly volitile liniment, so avoid flames and sparks, as well as any open sore, wound, or oriface of your body. Do not use on your face.

Contains, alcohol, pseudoginseng root, croton seed, cinnamon bark, angelica root, gentiana qin jiao, inula flower, menthol crystal and camphor crystal. The herbal ingredients are not listed on the labels, and may vary from batch to batch.


"Rubbing medicine" (also known as "bug juice")

The traditional formula used by Professor Henry Okazaki for his massages. Prof. Okazaki was the founder of Danzan Ryu Kodenkan Jujitsu, and practiced massage in Honolulu from the late 1920's to the early 1950's. He had many formulations, some cool, some very hot. Those familiar with horses may recognize satsuzai for its similarity to the liniments used to keep down swelling in horses leg joints.

Contains olive oil, eucalyptus oil, camphor oil, wintergreen oil, turpentine oil, tincture of green soap, alcohol.


This is a nice oil to apply during a massage. It can be used full strength, or diluted with some plain massage oil. The hot ingredients in a neutral oil base distribute the warmth evenly. Similar to Fire Balm, but weaker, and in an oil base.

Contains sweet almond oil, capsicum oil, wintergreen oil, eucalyptus oil, cajeput oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, menthol crystals, peppermint oil, camphor oil.


This oil is a derivative of Satsuzai, but without the turpentine or alcohol, and thinned in an almond oil base. Some people have objected to the overwhemling smell of satsuzai, or are actually allergic to some of its ingredients. Wind Oil was developed for those people, ans well as for its good smell and its tingly effect on the skin. Because of the stimulating nature of the oils, its takes on the qualitites of the wind, feeling slightly cool in a breeze, yet warms up under a hot pack or a hot shower.

Contains sweet almond oil, wintergreen oil, eucalyptus oil, menthol crystals, peppermint oil, camphor oil.


"Mountain Peaceful Heart Oil"

This a standard Chinese massage oil/liniment for aches and pains in joints due to Wind-Cold or Blood Stagnation, traditionally used for rheumatic joint pain, and chronic and acute traumatic injury. Therapeutic Tuina massage utilizes this oil as a lubricant while grinding down the knots and cords of muscle and ligament. Commonly used as a menthol rub for chest cough by massaging into the chest.

Contains menthol oil, camellia oil, dragon blood resin, scutellaria extract, cinnamon oil, licorice extract.


Used in a similar fashion to Po Sum On, but cooler in effect. The most common used is for rubbing into the temples for throbbing headaches, and under the nose for sinus congestion. Very small amounts are used. Flower Oil is a generic equivalent of White Flower Oil, and is slightly weaker in strength.

Contains camphor oil, menthol crystals, eucalyptus oil, wintergreen oil, peppermint oil, and lavender oil.

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