The Five Great Tigers

The Five Great Tigers

The Year of the Water Tiger

新年 Xīnnián, the Chinese New Year, also known as 春节 Chūn Jié, is the most important festival of the year for China with epic celebrations. It is a 16 day event starting on New Years Eve and ending on the lantern festival. 新年 Xīnnián dates back over 3,000 years, and this year begins on February 1st.

In China, each New Year symbolizes one of 12 zodiac animals and an element. This year it is the Water Tiger. Tigers are the third of the Chinese zodiacs.

The tiger, also known as the king of the mountain, is associated with strength, bravery, sternness and exorcising evils in Chinese culture. The markings on its head resemble the Chinese character 王 ’wang’ which means King. This fearless royal creature is often portrayed in Chinese classical literature and performance arts by story tellers, singers, poets and artists. Tigers often serve as the main protagonist in folklore.

The Five Great Tigers

In Ancient Chinese Mythology there are 5 tigers that are believed to keep chaotic cosmic forces in balance, preventing the universe from collapsing:

  • White Tiger: Ruler of Autumn and Governor of the Metal element
  • Black Tiger: Ruler of Winter and Governor of the Water element
  • Blue Tiger: Ruler of Spring and Governor of the Earth element
  • Red Tiger: Ruler of Summer and Governor of the Fire element
  • Yellow Tiger: the Supreme Ruler of all tigers and symbolic of the Sun

The 5 tigers each have their own cosmological, astronomical, philosophical and geodetic concurrence. For instance, the White Tiger reigns in the West; the Black Tiger – in the North; the Blue Tiger – in the East; the Red Tiger – in the South and the Yellow Tiger inhabits the entire Earth.

A 7,000 Year Tradition

According to some of the Buddhist teachings, tiger skins represent transformation of anger into wisdom and insight, and wearing them at the time of meditation and exploration of astral dimensions brings protection from spiritual interference and potential harm.

It is said that at the time of a tiger’s death, its spirit enters the earth and acquires the form of amber and so the Chinese call the gemstone amber “Soul of the Tiger”.

Tigers are often painted on walls in temples and homes facing the entrance to scare off thieves, evil spirits, and to protect from fires and illnesses. The Chinese people have expressed reverence for this animal for thousands of years. Reportedly the earliest unearthed tiger statue dates back to about 7,000 years.

The tradition continues today: children receive gifts of clothes, shoes and bedding embroidered with tigers to protect them from the evil eye and to ensure they stay vigorous.

龙腾虎跃 — 'Dragon soaring and Tiger leaping' (Wish you prosperous and thriving in new year)

From everyone here at Si Jin Bao, 恭喜發財 Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wishing you happiness, prosperity, and a 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè Happy New Year!

Croopy Cough™: Is it MEAN & GREEN?

An Incredible Historical Record

The Chronological Table of Epidemic Diseases in Ancient China lists MORE THAN 800 RECORDS of various epidemics that plagued its land and people during thousands of years of history.

Efforts to prevent and control the outbreaks generated a colossal wealth of experience and documentation.
Some of the finest physicians in Chinese history emerged out of challenging times. Doctors closely studied the origins and progression of diseases and tirelessly worked to identify treatment protocols and herbal prescriptions. Much of the extensive research and practice lead to the creation of monumental medical texts, many of which are referenced in Traditional Chinese Medicine schools worldwide today. Not only are they still in use, but they also list herbal formulas that are widely administered in everyday clinical practice.

"I love these products they are truly the best around! I have used the open airway (Qing Qi Hua Tan Tang / Croopy Cough) tea for about 5 yrs now off and on and it has helped my daughter and myself get through the worst of colds without needing antibiotics! Thank you so much for making these miraculous products. "​

Croopy Cough Concentrated Decoction™

Si Jin Bao’s Croopy Cough Concentrated Decoction™ and it’s Professional counterpart Qing Qi Hua Tan Tang dates back over four centuries.

Croopy Cough™ is Si Jin Bao’s version of a classical formula developed by famous physician and medical author Wu Kun in 1584. Dr. Wu Kun used this formula for febrile disease, congestion, coughing, bronchitis, and Sinusitis (including sinus infection).

One of the major ingredients in the Croopy Cough Concentrated Decoction™ is 黃苓Huang Qin which in modern research has revealed the flavone Baicalin. It is noted to help potentiate the effectiveness of western antibiotics.

Known for its tagline, Open Airway & Eliminate Congestion, Croopy Cough™ ventilates the chest, stops cough and wheezing, regulates Qi, dissolves phlegm, clears heat, drains and dries dampness.

The unique formulation was created by the Founder and Chief Herbaceutical Engineer of Si Jin Bao, Kamal Polite, A.P. DOM, over 18 years ago. He has over two decades of clinical experience and has been dedicated to providing premium Chinese Herbaceuticals to homes all across the globe.

With well over 470,000 doses delivered, Croopy Cough™ is a great addition to your home wellness protocol. It is fast-acting, effortless, tasteful, and provides the ease of small doses along with the vigor and vitality of powerful formulas. It is also vegan, kid tested, mom-approved, and alcohol free.  We do all of the work so that you don’t have to!

Looking for more information on Croopy Cough Concentrated Decoction™? Interested in becoming Your Family’s First Responder? Be sure to listen to the Jia de Yisheng Home Medic Croopy Cough Concentrated Decoction™ Webinar presented by our Chief Herbaceutical Engineer!

Huangfu Mi: A Scholar and Physician

皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi: A Scholar and Physician

皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi was a scholar, physician, and master of Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Famous for his medical canon entitled 針灸甲乙經 Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing (Classics of Acupuncture and Moxibustion), Huangfu Mi lived through the late Eastern Han Dynasty, Three Kingdoms Period, and early Western Jin Dynasty.  His classic is considered to be one of the earliest, oldest surviving, and most influential systematic materials on acupuncture and moxibustion to this day.

皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi's Origin Story

Born on a poor farm in Anding Chaona (now Lingtai in Gansu Province) in the year 215 A.D., 皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi was a descendant of the famous general Huangfu Song.  As a young boy he was taught by the famous philosopher Xi Tan, and became a well-known scholar due to his broad and devoted studies.  He was also known as a skilled and talented writer, editor, poet and historian.

At the age of forty 皇甫谧Huangfu Mi became gravely ill with wind-damp syndrome. The condition progressed into hemianesthesia or loss of sensation in his right leg and poor hearing. In an attempt to cure himself, he suffered serious drug poisoning followed by worsening of his symptoms.

While he was at his lowest, 皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi’s will to live took over and directed him to the Ancient Medical Classics. He experienced miraculous healing from the treatments, which triggered his curiosity about acupuncture and moxibustion.  He dedicated himself to studying the classics and became a master in his field.

針灸甲乙經 Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing (Classics of Acupuncture and Moxibustion)

As 皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi studied the art and science of acupuncture and moxibustion using the medical classics, he observed that the information was at times confusing and too dispersed.

From 260-265 A.D., he organized and completed a comparative study of the classical texts 針經 Huangdi Zhenjing (Yellow Emperor’s Canon on Acupuncture)Suwen 素問 (Inner Book of the Yellow Emperor: Simple Questions) and 明堂孔穴針灸治要 Mingtang Kongxue Zhenjiu Zhiyao (Mingtang’s Essentials of Acupuncture Points).  He arranged the information  into  12 volumes, 128 chapters, and described 349 acupuncture points (300 bilateral, 49 single), all organized into zhenjiu (moxibustion) contraindications, meridians, acupuncture points, indications, methods of manipulation, and clinical experience.  He also described the shape and making of needles.  Titled 針灸甲乙經 Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing (Classics of Acupuncture and Moxibustion), it is noted as one of the most influential texts in the history of Chinese Medicine.

The earliest surviving specimen of Zhen Jiu Jia Yi Jing is a print by Wu Mianxue 吳勉學 in his collection Gujin Yitong Zhengmai Quanshu 古今醫統正脈全書 from the Ming period 明 (1368-1644).  According to Min Li and Yongxuan Liang from the School of Basic Medical Science, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, in Beijing,

"Wang Tao, a great physician of the Tang Dynasty said, “Physicians have to study his (Huangfu Mi's) precious book and observe his instructions.”  During the Tang Dynasty, the Imperial Academy of Medical Sciences took his book as a compulsory textbook for the medical students.  It was soon used as a textbook in Korea and Japan too."

Other publications written by Huangfu Mi include SanDuFuXu (Preface of the Praiseworthy Three Cities), Di Wang Shi Ji (Imperial Century),Gao Shi Zhuan (Biography of Great Scholars), Lie Nv Zhuan (Biography of Virtuous Women in Ancient China), Xuan Yan Chun Qiu (Spring and Autumn by Xuan Yan).

The Virtue of A Legend

Just like other legendary physicians of Ancient China, 皇甫谧 Huangfu Mi declined various honorary titles and multiple offers to serve the Royal court during his professional life.

“Only if you give up the pursuit for fame and wealth, you will do no damage to your life. Only when you give up the pursuit for riches and honor, you will cultivate great virtues.”

It is because of the passion for life, dedication to humanity, sense of responsibility, humility and courage possessed by giants like Huangfu Mi that we in the modern world are able to enjoy the incredible restorative power, efficacy, and unsurpassed value of Ancient, Classical, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Let’s not take it for granted!

Si Jin Bao Green Packaging

Environment Friendly Packaging

Here at Si Jin Bao much care and detail is paid in every step of our products and shipping processes, down to the very function of the color of our bottles.

Our glass and plastic packaging is 100% recyclable.  In addition, our plastic bottles are made from 100% recycled materials.   

Why the green and amber color for our concentrated decoctions as well as topicals? Darker colors protect your product from the heat.  While ideal conditions for storage are in a cool, dark place away from any extreme temperatures or temperature changes, our concentrated decoctions are extremely stable and will hold up well in conditions that are less than ideal.  Also, green and amber glass bottles are preferred for recycling programs.

How to Clean and Reuse Our Bottles

Empty plastic and glass bottles are useful in many ways around your home.  The labels on our bottles peel off easily, especially when soaked in hot water with a little soap.  Be sure to clean the bottles well with hot soapy water after you have removed the label.  The glass bottles may also be sanitized in a dishwasher (not plastic bottles!).

What can you reuse the bottles for?  Here are a few ideas!  There are many more blogs devoted completely to the subject covering everything from decorative lights to flavored toothpicks, so if you don’t see one that fits you below keep looking. 

  1. Make them into mini flower vases. You may use them individually, or tie several together and make a centerpiece with them like Mountain Rose Herbs did in the photo above!
  2. Use the bottles to hold your toiletries for travel. Things like hair oil and face serum will fit perfectly into our 2oz glass bottles and shampoo or body wash is an easy add to our plastic bottles to free up space in your carry-on.
  3. Make a DIY Reed Diffuser.  All you need is a carrier oil, reeds, and your favorite essential oil. Great tutorial on that here.
  4. Make a DIY mouthwash.  Who doesn’t love fresh breath?
  5. And lastly, recycle!

How to Recycle & Reuse Our Shipping Boxes

Did you know that our corrugated cardboard shipping boxes are also 100% recyclable?  Here are some great ideas for use around the house!

  1. Use it as a gardening container.  Poke a few holes in the bottom and voila – the perfect home for a new plant!
  2. Use it in your compost. Cardboard is a great compost material for carbon and helps to improve the carbon to nitrogen ratio. Just tear the box up well before putting it in the bin.
  3. Weeds be gone. Lay a piece of cardboard flat on top of the weeds, and water it thoroughly.  Add soil to the top.  Here is a great video on how that works.
  4. Crafts for the kids.  Check out this website for a few ideas.
  5. Use them for reshipping and a few other ideas (think bird feeders and photo mats).

Stay healthy and help the planet with Si Jin Bao!  Tell us in the comments below how you reuse our bottles and cardboard boxes.

Hua Tuo and The Warlord Cao Cao

華佗 Hua Tuo and The Warlord 曹操 Cao Cao

f華佗 Hua Tuo believed that surgery was only an option for diseases that could not be cured with herbs, exercise, or acupuncture. During that time it was unimaginable for a physician to cut into someone’s body for treatment, so naturally Hua Tuo’s take on surgeries was considered unconventional. To alleviate the pain of the patients he operated on, 華佗Hua Tuo studied ancient methods, searched for herbs far and wide and experimented on anesthetic formulas on his own body. He developed an herbal formula called 麻沸散 Mafeisan, which he served to his patients with wine to strengthen the effects of the anesthetic prescription.

According to the Chinese Western Jin Dynasty’s account “Records of the Three Kingdoms: Biography of Hua Tuo”, in the end, the doctor’s popularity attracted the attention of a warlord named Cao Cao who summoned 華佗 Hua Tuo to help him with the migraines he was suffering from. Unlike other physicians, 華佗 Hua Tuo was successful at alleviating Cao Cao’s pain on most occasions. The doctor suggested a surgical intervention as he believed there was a tumor in Cao Cao’s brain.

The warlord refused to follow the recommendation as he thought 華佗 Hua Tuo was trying to assassinate him. Instead he insisted that 華佗 Hua Tuo became his personal physician and attend to all of his needs whenever necessary. 華佗 Hua Tuo continuously declined Cao Cao’s offer, which was more of a command, and as a result was thrown into prison.

華佗 Hua Tuo's Imprisonment & Death

Before he died in prison, 華佗 Hua Tuo wrote all of his clinical experience down and tried to give it to a prison guard for safe keeping. Out of fear of Cao, the guard refused to accept anything from 華佗 Hua Tuo. As one source sites, “In anger and frustration, 華佗 Hua Tuo burned his manuscripts, turning all of his clinical knowledge to ashes. After Hua Tuo died, he was buried next to a flowing river of clear water – symbolizing that he was cleared from all wrong-doing.”

In the end, Cao Cao learned his lesson the hard way.  His son fell gravely ill shortly after 華佗 Hua Tuo’s death and there was not a physician in the land who could save the young man’s life.

華佗 Hua Tuo died around the age of 100, and it was said that he looked as spry as a young 60 year old.  To this day talented doctors are referred to as “Hua Tuo reincarnated” 華佗再世 Huà Tuó zài shì, a testament to his undeniable contribution to Chinese Medicine.

Hua Tuo: The Father of Surgery and Anesthesia

華佗 Hua Tuo: The Father of Surgery and Anesthesia

Ancient China has had many highly skilled and humble physicians as well as herbalists born onto its land. We honor those who have preceded us in this lineage by highlighting them in our Famous Ancient Physicians Series.

Today we will be talking about 華佗Hua Tuo’s profound story and invaluable contribution not just to the society of his day, but to the entire global posterity.

華佗 Hua Tuo is commonly referred to as ‘The Father of Surgery and Anesthesia.’ He successfully introduced and practiced surgery on his patients during the late Eastern Han Dynasty, more than 1,500 years before Western Civilization even began to experiment with surgery!  He also is credited with being the first person to perform surgery on an anesthetized patient.

華佗 Hua Tuo's Origin Story

Born into a poor family in Qiao County in the State of Pei, records vary and estimate that his birth year was sometime between 108 and 140 A.D. Having lost his father at the age of 7, the young boy was forced to find work and did so at a local herbal pharmacy. Two of the earliest writings of Hua Tuo’s life state that he felt “called to study medicine after witnessing the bloodshed that came with the shattering of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220) into the legendary Three Kingdoms (A.D. 220–280).”  During this time period there was continuous political unrest with constant battles and violence.

華佗 Hua Tuo only wanted to help humanity.  He continuously turned down offers to work in the Imperial court and insisted on being a “physician of the people”.

Treat people equally irrespective of their high or low status, of their poverty or wealth, of their distinction or obscurity. Do not run after riches, fear no hardships and toils, and take it as your first duty to take pity on the old and help the young.

華佗Hua Tuo was often called the “miracle working doctor” as he would use a small number of acupuncture points in his treatments as well as only several herbs in his herbal prescriptions for quick and effective relief and healing for his patients.  He could mix herbal ingredients so well that he never needed to measure them.  He was also a master at diagnosis, and incredibly accurate. People said that he bordered on fortune-telling. 華佗Hua Tuo believed that illness was caused in part by a lack of physical activity, and developed the Five Animals Play 氣功 Qigong exercise sequence for clearing the mind and eyes, boosting the cardio-pulmonary functions, strengthening the waist and kidneys and smoothing the joints.  You can read more about that here.

華佗 Hua Tuo and Chen Deng

One day Chen Deng, a Chinese military general and high level official over Dongcheng Commandery, fell ill and could not eat. He summoned 華佗 Hua Tuo to treat him. After checking the official’s pulse, 華佗 Hua Tuo told Cheng Deng:

“You have several sheng (1 sheng is equal to approximately 34-oz) of parasites in your stomach. I assume it happened because you like eating raw fish and meat.”

華佗 Hua Tuo gave the official 2 sheng of an herbal prescription, which caused him to vomit about 3 sheng of small parasites and led to his quick recovery. Before he left, 華佗Hua Tuo warned the official:

The kind of ailment you had will recur three years from now. Make sure you find a skillful physician by then.”

Just as predicted, Chen Deng experienced the same condition exactly 3 years later. He sent for華佗Hua Tuo who was away harvesting herbal medicine in the mountains at the time. Unable to quickly find another skilled doctor, Chen Deng died of his illness at the age of 39.

Prevention, Prevention, PREVENTION!

Although Hua Tuo was considered an exceptional miracle working physician, he always made his patients aware that PREVENTION is the best method to living a balanced life.  Physical activity is key to keeping dis-ease out of the home.

How do you keep you and your family well?  Tell us in the comments below!

Back to School and Autumn with Immun-A-Tea™

Back to School and Autumn with Immun-A-Tea™

In many parts of the Western Hemisphere it is “Back to School” time. If you follow the Ancient Chinese calendar you will also know that the solar term 立秋Lì Qiū, translated as “autumn begins” has just commenced and is a transitional period of the year marking the change from summer to fall.

In certain mountainous regions of China people follow the tradition of writing the following saying on a red paper and attaching it to their front door:

“Autumn has begun today; 100 illnesses be gone” jin ri li qiu, bai bing jie xiu.

In either case, it is the PRIME TIME to boost your Zheng Qi (the body’s ability to resist disease and exogenous pathogens, read more about Zheng Qi here). Why not do it effortlessly and with ease by using prevention?

The “黃帝內經 Huangdi Neijing”, known in the West as “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine”, was put together more than two thousand years ago and is still regarded as a classic of Chinese medicine.  It elaborates on whether or not external causes lead to illnesses; determined by a person’s internal vital energy and the strength of their Zheng Qi.

This timeless canon emphasizes that boosting one’s vital energy can prevent illness. Throughout the text people are encouraged to take preventative measures before they get sick, seek treatment early on if they have symptoms of illness, and take steps to maintain their well being. In other words, protect yourself and your family now!

Shields Up with Immun-A-Tea™

Back in early 2019 Si Jin Bao introduced the newest addition to our all-natural, alcohol free, kid-friendly, and vegan internal decoction line which has been helping families stay happy and healthy across the world for over two decades.

With well over 105,000 doses delivered, Immun-A-Tea™ is a great addition to your home wellness protocol. Known for its tagline, ‘Boost your Zheng Qi,’ Immun-A-Tea™ promotes oxygen absorption, regulates respiration, promotes digestive function, regulates the immune system, regulates bowels and eliminates toxins.  Just like all of our products, Immun-A-Tea™ is kid tested and mom-approved.

At Si Jin Bao we believe that giving your body the tools necessary to function efficiently and flawlessly will lead to balance and harmony within the body.

It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.

“We have been using IMMUN-A-TEA for over a year now to boost our immunity. It has worked great for our family. I have IBS and try to stay away from supplements due to how sensitive my system is and I find what works for most, does not work for me. None of us including my children had any side effects. It is great fo children who can’t swallow capsules, sensory aversions to textures, and sensitive to tastes. You cannot taste this at all when mixed with liquid. It is also simple and convenient, only once per month for 3 days. We have not been sick in over a year now. Elderberry is great to boost immunity and kids respond to taking it in the gummy form. However, why take gummy junk every day when you only have to take the IMMUN-A-TEA once a month for 3 days? You cannot go wrong with the cost either as it is inexpensive!”
- L.L.

Zhang Zhongjing: The Medical Sage

張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing: The Medical Sage

During the Eastern Han dynasty between about 150 and 219 AD lived a famous Chinese Herbologist and Physician named 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing. This legendary man is considered to be one of the finest physicians in history and his written works are considered to be canons.

Even as a young boy, 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing was interested in medical science. After vigorously studying and practicing the healing arts for many years, 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing became an outstanding medical professional with high prestige.

Medical Diagnosis

One of his incredible strengths was the art of medical diagnosis. 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing once met a scholar who he concluded was ill by simply observing the young man’s complexion. He advised the young scholar to seek medical assistance and suggested that he took a specific decoction. Both recommendations were ignored by the young man.

張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing warned the man that if he did not act right away, his eyebrows and beard would fall out when he turned forty years old, and he would die soon after that. Upon their next meeting 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing asked the young man whether he had followed his advice? The young scholar replied, “yes”. The doctor could see in the young man’s complexion that he had not done what was prescribed to him.

“Why do you neglect your own health?!” – Dr. Zhongjing pleaded. The words still had no effect on the young scholar.
Just like 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing warned, the scholar’s eyebrows and beard began to fall out when he turned forty years old and he died six months later.

Febrile Disease & The Shang Han Za Bing Lun

Another prominent achievement attributed to 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing is the recognition and treatment of infectious diseases, specifically febrile disease.

In the last years of the Eastern Han Dynasty, a widespread epidemic claimed many lives, most of which were lost to febrile disease. As a result, 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing closely studied the origins and progression of the disease and worked to identify treatment protocols and herbal prescriptions. All of this extensive research lead to the creation of his most monumental work called Shang Han Za Bing Lun (On Cold Damage and Miscellaneous Diseases).

The publication contains over 269 prescriptions. Nearly 25% of the herbal formulas created by 張仲景 Zhang Zhongjing almost two thousand years ago are still taught in herbology courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine schools worldwide today and many are used in everyday clinical practice.

Did you know?

餃子 Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings) are believed to have been invented by Zhang Zhongjing in the Han Dynasty.  He would hide the herbal medicine in food!   Po from Kung Fu Panda would have been a very healthy and astute student of Zhang Zhongjing 😉. 

Schmoove™: Nutrition for the Skin™

Schmoove™: Nutrition for the Skin™

In the late spring of 1998 “Dr. Kamal”, as his patients affectionately referred to him as, released an external herbaceutical that would provide relief and treat burns for his oncology patients who were undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. His clients started to notice that their skin felt and looked better than ever before. In fact, the name for this formula came from a patient’s description of the way it made her skin feel…smooth…Schmoove™!

He soon realized that the formula he developed did much more.

How Does Schmoove™ Work?

Schmoove™ is an all-natural vegan, cruelty free, paraben-free, phtahalate-free, silicone-free, parent and kid loving product with no synthetics. It is NUTRITION FOR THE SKIN and alleviates all types of skin conditions, no matter the cause.

It works to promote proper skin function by providing the skin with the ionic nutrition it needs. This quickly and effectively clears up skin problems and eliminates the burning or itching that goes along with these conditions.

When Should I Use Schmoove™?

Schmoove™ is the perfect SUMMER time product to have on you ALWAYS for the entire family. Throw it in your purse or backpack, keep it in your pocket or drawer at work. Take it on vacations, and don’t forget it for daytime hikes and fun with the kids.

Have a bug bite?
How about a sunburn?
Skin irritation?
A burn?
What about a rash?

Did you know?

Traditional Chinese medicine treatments for skin disorders have been in use since 1100 to 221 B.C. in China!

A Few Things to Remember...

Surround the Dragon! What does this mean?

If you have a lesion, cut, pimple, or rash – put Schmoove™ in a circle AROUND it – NOT on top. The healthy skin will assist the damaged skin in the healing process.

Always follow the suggested protocol on the back of the bottle, or refer to a practitioner trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine if you have severe acute skin disorders.

Drink plenty of distilled water. Schmoove™ is amazing, but never takes the place of being hydrated. How much water? 50-75% of your weight in ounces of water each day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Twenty-three years later and Schmoove™ is still a favorite amongst our customers. As we say here at Si Jin Bao:

"When in doubt, SCHMOOVE™ IT OUT!"

Ge Hong: The Ancestor of First Aid

葛洪 Ge Hong: The Ancestor of First Aid

葛洪 Ge Hong was a famous Daoist master, author, scholar, alchemist, and physician. Born in the Eastern Jin Period (317-420 AD), he is famously the first scholar to write about the practice of alchemy and is the father/ancestor of First Aid in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

葛洪 Ge Hong came from an aristocratic family in Jiangsu, and was the great grandson of the Three Kingdoms Period Daoist master 葛玄 Ge Xuan. As such he was commonly called Taiji Ge Xianweng, which translates as ‘Old Immortal Ge of the Utmost Extreme.’

As the youngest of three brothers, there was little chance for Ge to obtain official office. At thirteen years old his father died. This brought about great financial instability for his family. He began to sell firewood and work the fields to help support his family.

At the age of 16, 葛洪 Ge Hong began studying many of the Chinese Classics such as 孝經 XiaoJing and 詩經 ShiJing. His main interest was on how to obtain immortality through nourishing the body. He was commonly laughed at by friends and family for having such “outlandish” goals and dreams.

葛洪 Ge Hong became a student of Master 鄭隱 Zheng Yin, a master of alchemy for fifteen years. After a brief military appointment, he gave up worldly life to become a Daoist immortal in the South. He adhered to a strict diet and cultivated his character and tranquility under the tutelage of 鮑靚 Bao Jing.

葛洪 Ge Hong and Mt. Luofu

In 316 he moved back to the North and was recommended for several high offices, but ultimately refused to accept them. When 葛洪 Ge Hong heard about the cultivation of dansha 丹砂 (cinnabar) in Jiaozhi, now Northern Vietnam, he asked to be appointed to Magistrate of Guanxi, which he was ultimately given. He traveled to the South yet again and settled on top of 羅浮 Mt. Luofu where he studied herbs and alchemy.

Mount Luofu is considered to be the sacred treasure of Chinese medicinal herbs as it hosts some 3,000 varieties of plants.

After years of collecting and distinguishing herbs on the mountain, 葛洪 Ge Hong developed numerous herbal formulas and wrote them down in the Handbook of Prescriptions for Aid First. The pamphlet was so small that it could be carried in a sleeve of someone’s clothing. The work included symptoms and treatment protocols for more than seventy acute diseases.

In China there is a saying that references 葛洪 Ge Hong’s handbook:

“With this handbook at home, one needs no doctor.”

The Handbook of Prescriptions for Aid First is considered the first clinical First Aid book in the history of Chinese Medicine. And as for 葛洪 Ge Hong himself, many call him the Ancestor of First Aid.

葛洪 Ge Hong's Contribution to Humanity

As an author, 葛洪 Ge Hong wrote about Daoist theories that reflected on unity and meditations as well as books on alchemy. He also brought many ancient herbal formulas forward and described precise methods for extracting herbs. His famous book 抱朴子 Baopuzi, includes information on both pharmacology and medicine.

Daoists during this period of time were philosophers, physicians, and herbalists. They healed the masses and gave of themselves to obtain true immortality. 葛洪 Ge Hong wrote more than 60 books, many of which have since been lost.

“Where the Mystery is present, joy is infinite; where the Mystery has departed, efficacy is exhausted and the spirit disappears.”

Si Jin Bao brings Ancient Traditions Forward

Just like the treatment protocols developed by 葛洪 Ge Hong, Si Jin Bao products are also powerful and simple to take.

To help you understand how to use Si Jin Bao Herbaceuticals in your own home, our Chief Herbaceutical Engineer has developed a FREE Home Medic Course Series (Jia de Yisheng). Sign up below to gain access today!

“I’ve used Si Jin Bao for myself and my kids for as long as I can remember. The oldest is 21, then 15, then 9 year old twins and these are the ONLY therapies we keep in our home continuously. I used it for our oldest when he was younger and now our younger children are now familiar with what decoction is to be used with a particular symptom. As a conscious mother, wellness, balance, and healthy healing is a priority to me. Thank you for being that.”