Daoist Medicine Making

DAOIST MEDICINE-MAKING :

Throughout the 6 weeks Apprenticeship, we will learn the ancient craft of traditional Daoist Chinese Medicine-Making. We will learn to recognize a variety of local herbs, gather wild herbs in a sacred manner, and tend our herbal medicine garden. Each week, we will learn a different method to prepare and use those herbs to make decoctions, powders, oils, alcohols, pills, moxibustion sticks and cones, plasters, and ointments.

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End of the training week, Saturday Recovery

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At the end of a long training week, Saturday mornings can feel like a natural time to do some healing and recovery work during our normal kung fu class.  We typically do kung fu basics and a body conditioning hard qi gong, however, occasionally we will devote time to massage, deep stretching, and Daoist healing methods, such as Huo Liao, Fire Healing, cuppings, moxibustion, and gua sha.  We also had everyone pitch in on bottling our new liniment -formula created by my master on Bai Ma Shan for pain, injury, swelling, contusions and bruising.  We now offer it online for anyone who it might benefit.  And with each moon it grows stronger!  https://themovement.academy/shop/.  Everyone in class got to go home with a liniment soak wrapped around an area of pain or injury.  Some chose knee, shoulder, or ankle.  We soaked pieces of gauze with liniment, placed them on the problem area, covered with plastic wrap and and then secured in place with sports tape.  Thanks for a great class everyone!

Healing & Recovery ‘Cuppings’

Occasionally on a Saturday Kung Fu class we will devote the time to Healing and Recovery from the week’s worth of training.  This past Saturday we practiced cuppings.  We used the cotton ball and alcohol method, as well as the traditional Daoist method of lighting prayer paper into the cups.  And, there was, of course, a bit of Huo Liao Fire Healing as well!  We helped each other with lower back pain, knee pain, pinched shoulder and some strains and sprains .

 

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