Dit da jow (pinyin: Diē dǎ jiǔ) is a common Chinese liniment used as traditional medicine to heal external injuries, such as bruises sore muscles, ligament, tendon tears, strains and even minor fractures.[1]

Dit Da Jow packaged in a glass bottle is recommended to prevent any chemicals from leaching into the liniment. Some key herbs in Dit Da Jow are Safflower, Peony Root, Rehmannia Root and Dracona Resina.
Dit da jow
Literal meaningFall hit wine


The original formula of Dit Da Jow came from Kung Fu Grand Master Ku Yu Cheong, renowned healer and foremost expert of Iron Palm, prepared by Master Wing Lam. Today There are several different recipes for Dit da jow, most of which are considered to be a "secret formula" passed down through oral and written history of traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. Dit Da Jow or “Iron Palm liniment is primarily used by martial artists to aid the healing of injuries such as bruises and sprains and also iron palm training.[2]

Dit Da Jow is an analgesic liniment traditionally preferred by martial artists. Often a martial arts master blends his own mixture of aromatic herbs such as myrrh and ginseng, which when combined are believed to stimulate circulation, reduce pain and swelling, and improve healing of injuries and wounds.[medical citation needed] The tradition became known as dit da "hit medicine". The main healing function of dit da jow, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is to unblock blood stagnation and blood stasis. When one suffers a trauma type injury, qi is blocked in the meridians causing pain and swelling.[medical citation needed] Dit da jow opens up this blockage allowing the qi to flow freely allowing the injury to heal.[medical citation needed] It’s good for breaks as well.[medical citation needed]

Dit da jow is made from herbs put in a glass or polyethylene terephthalate plastic jar and mixed with an alcohol such as vodka or gin. Centuries ago, Dit da jow was made by combining the herbs in a clay vessel and adding rice wine, then burying the vessel in the ground for months or even years; it was believed that the longer the herbs sat in the alcohol, the stronger the solution became.

Typical ingredientsEdit

The herbs and other ingredients are typically coarse-ground, then steeped in alcohol (vodka or rice wine is common), sometimes with heat, and then aged.[citation needed]

Traditional ingredientsEdit

Traditional recipes may include:[citation needed]

Westernized recipe ingredientsEdit

Some recipes instead use ingredients more readily available, such as:[citation needed]


Detailed information on the bioactive components of dit da jow is limited, and in any case, formulations vary widely. A brief report in [3] notes that the components vary considerably with brand and age, but those found included acetic acid, acetoglyceride, columbianetin, coumarin, rhododendrol, vanillin, chrysophanic acid, and salicylic acid.


  1. ^ "What is Dit Da Jow? The Origins of Hit Fall Wine & How Battle Balm Evolves this Ancient Herbal Formula". battlebalm.com. Retrieved 2022-06-11.
  2. ^ East. "Dit Da Jow is not primarily for Martial artists". East Meets West. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  3. ^ Wayne Belonoha (2014-04-28). "Dit Da Jow: Scientific Evaluation of Iron Hit Wine". Wing Chun Illustrated.