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1 Health care of the upper limbs
Clench the both fists gently and swing the upper limbs from the front to the back, first to the left side, then to the right side. Afterwards, drop the upper limbs at the two sides of the body and swing the hands. Repeat the above movements for 24 times respectively. The exercise has the actions of limbering up the muscles and joints, promoting qi flow and blood circulation of meridians and collaterals, making the upper limbs healthy. It may prevent the joint diseases of the shoulder, elbow and wrist, regulate qi and blood, prevent and cure hypertension.
Rub the palms against each other until they get warm. Then, place the palmar side of the fingers of one hand on the back of the fingers of the other band and rub to and fro from the tips of the fingers to the wrist until the local warm sensation appears. At this time, alternate the hand to do the exercise again. Afterwards, rub the medial upper limb with the palm from the wrist to the armpit, and again rub the lateral upper limb from the shoulder to the wrist. This is one cycle. Repeat the cycle for 24 times. Do the exercise once respectively before bed time in the evening and in the early morning after waking. This method may promote muscular blood circulation, increase metabolism and the absorption of nutrients, make the skin healthy, moist and free from wrinkles, the hand soft, moist and healthy, prevent and cure frostbite.
Tapping with the plum-blossom needle
Tap the skin of the back of the hand gently with the plum-blossom needle in a linear way from the fingertip to the wrist along the finger, once a day. The manipulation should not be too forceful. Tap the skin of the back of the hand until the skin turns warm each time. It is better to apply the hand-moistening paste on the skin. The exercise makes the skin moist, smooth and free from wrinkles, activates collaterals, promotes blood circulation and keeps the hands healthy and beautiful.
Hand-Protecting Paste I 20 g of Taoren ( Semen Persicae), 10 g of Xingren ( Semen Armeniacae Amarum with the tip removed), 20 g of Juhe (Semen Citri Reticulatae), 20 g of Chishaoyao ( Radix Paeoniae Rubra), 30 g of Xinyiren ( Semen Magnoliae), Chuanxiong (Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong) and Danggui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis ) respectively, 60 g of Dazao ( Fructus Zizipi Jujubae ), Niunao ( Cerebrum Bovis), Yangnao ( Cerebrum Caprae seu Ovis) and Gounao (Cerebrum Canis) respectively. All the above ingredients are made into paste. Apply the paste on the hand evenly after washing it. Do not warm the hand by a fire. The product makes the skin lustrous and moist, protects the hands and prevents wrinkles.
Hand-Protecting Paste ?: 60 g of Gualourang (Fructus Trichosanthis), 30 g of Xingren ( Semen Armeniacae Amarum) and a proper quantity of Fengmi (Mel). The ingredients are made into paste. Apply the paste on the hands before bed time in the evening. The product prevents rhagadia, makes the skin white, clean, tender and elastic.
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