Chinese silver balls are the most basic form of Baoding balls. Baoding balls get their name from the city of Baoding in Hebei, China. Chinese Baoding balls originated in this city. Although the silver balls are the most basic style, other styles of Baoding balls include enamelled and lacquered balls. The health benefits of the balls, however, are the same.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based heavily on the concept of chi. Chi, originally more of a philosophical concept than a medical concept, is a life force that is both invisible and constantly in motion. Many health problems are diagnosed based on a Chinese medical doctor's analysis of a person's chi. The diagnosis is often of chi blocked at a particular point. Chinese Baoding balls, whether the more ornate balls or the silver balls, are said to improve the flow of chi throughout the body. In some cases, a person can improve the flow of chi simply through the use of silver balls. In other cases, a Chinese medical practitioner may suggest the use of these balls as part of a more comprehensive treatment that could include herbs or acupuncture.
The hand has a line of acupuncture or acupressure points that runs from the bottom centre of the hand, up the centre of the palm and through the bottom of the middle finger. A few points are located on the middle palm to the right and left of the line that runs from the centre of the lower palm to the tip of the middle finger. Organs affected by the chi flow of these points include, among others, the eyes, lungs, heart, sex organs, liver and stomach. By rolling the silver balls, these points are stimulated to release any chi blockages affecting the organs associated with the various points.
In addition to the traditional Chinese medical benefits associated with the silver balls or other type of Baoding balls, rotating the balls in your palm can help to improve or maintain dexterity in your hand and wrist. Baoding balls are twirled in the palm using only the motion of the fingers and hand. Two small or medium balls are a common starting point. As your hand loosens and becomes more dexterous, you may work with larger balls. Others add more balls; some skilled practitioners are able to twirl five or more balls in each hand.
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