Actually, he didn't seem to know much about the history of the balls, but he demonstrated twirling two, then three, then four balls in one hand, and explained more in our brief two-minute meeting than I had heard in fifteen years. Then, in Daoist fashion, a man showed up to help me unravel the mysteries of the Baoding Exercise Balls. Baoding balls are used by rotating two or more balls repeatedly in the hand. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat I made sure to tell them that a set was given to President Nixon upon his arrival to China inso obviously the Chinese considered them a prized gift. Keeping larger balls separate while rotating them is an advanced skill. This section needs more medical references for verification or relies too heavily on primary sources.
Baoding balls are often used in physical therapy to exercise the soft tissues of the hand, wrist, and arm.
How to Use Chinese Medicine Balls for the Hands
Warning Start slowly and work your way up to more than two balls. Jonae Fredericks started writing in When visitors would ask about them, I would explain that when you twirled them about, they massaged the acupuncture points of the hand, and would give them a short demonstration. Though unsupported by scientific evidence, baoding balls are thought to exercise hand muscles, improve brain function and reduce stress when used as alternative medicine to stimulate the acupuncture points on the hand. While exercising with Chinese medicine balls can be helpful, overuse can cause cramping and muscle aches. Repeat the exercise several times per day.