Recently a friend asked me to give her an acupuncture treatment for her hand that she injured while working on her sailboat.
She was puzzled when I said, “Wait a minute, I need to run next door and borrow some golf balls to use as Baoding Balls!”
Baoding Balls were first featured in a movie with Humphrey Bogart as a stressed Navy captain. So what are they? Acupuncturists recommend Baoding Balls as home self-care for a number of issues.
Baoding Balls in some cases may help support stroke rehabilitation when combined with acupuncture. And if you are just trying to reduce mild stress or anxiety or to improve your concentration, you don’t need to see an acupuncturist to try using them.
Chinese Emperor Qianlang from the Qing Dynasty (1736-1799) claimed that Baoding Balls were responsible for his longevity. True or false, no other Emperor lived so long!
Baoding Balls come in many different sizes and materials but until you decide the balls work for you, golf balls or even walnuts will do. If you decide to try it, keep it simple. First, roll one ball in the palm of one hand using all fingers and your thumb to keep it moving.
Then add a second ball and keep them both moving counterclockwise in your right hand or clockwise in your left. Don’t be intimidated by YouTube demos that claim you need to keep the balls apart. Just keep the two balls moving!
If you want to get fancy see The Complete Book of Chinese Health Balls by Ab Williams.
And if pandemic burnout is still proving too much for you give me a call at 610-662-0755 for a free consultation to see how acupuncture might help bring relief from stress or anxiety.
PHOTO CAP: Ancient Stress Relievers