fretboardmusic wrote:Is this similar to Chinese Dit Da Jow,or something quite different? I tried Dit Da Jow years ago for my injury-the relief was minor at best.
Well, it may be similar, but my impression is that there are many individual, private and proprietary formulas of martial arts balms, and the differences may be more important than the similarities. And I don't have any Dit Da Jow around now to compare, so I really can't answer that well without some research.
As far as the relief being "minor at best", of course it shouldn't be the only thing in your bag of tricks - yoga, rest, exercise, careful and conscious practice being other necessary ingredients. Any injury like this can be considered the result of self-abusive practice habits, and correcting those is the first obvious path, so we don't expect miracles out of a bottle.
Eith wrote:Is it anything like Tiger Balm? I remember back when I practiced 10 hours a day on piano for a few weeks in order to do a competition and my pinky was incredibly sore.
No, it's the antithesis of Tiger Balm. Tiger Balm is for muscles, for increasing the blood flow to the area, a different issue. You want to use Tiger Balm to warm up with, to increase blood flow to problem areas. (Sometimes I schmear it on arms, wrists, shoulders and neck before I start my scale practice.) After practice, if you are in pain, you want to ice the injury.
Again, this Tendon Lotion is specifically for "old tendon injuries" - I interpret this to mean old repetitive motion injuries which are not completely healed. Could conceivably be good for old, still-troublesome sprains too. I rub it on morning and evening, not during practice.
I'm not an expert, please consult your traditional chinese medicine practicioner! (I doubt you'll get much info along this line from a western doctor, they prefer surgery.)
Anyway, what I was really looking for was the magic chinese herbal concoction that makes your fingernails grow in like tiger claws (perhaps accompanied by daily whacks with a ball peen hammer ten times on each fingertip...!) if anybody's got a lead on that, do tell.