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What do you think of Chinese Health Balls?

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Baoding Iron Yin and Yang Balls, famed as one of the three treasures of Baoding, China is an ancient product that dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and they have been made meticulously by Baoding's craftsmen through the ages. Originally, they were made up of a pair of solid balls, but later being designed with a void in the center and embedded with musical plates. In a pair of balls, one ball has a higher pitch while the other has a lower pitch, and sends out a sound like "Roaring Dragon and Singing Phoenix". These hand massage balls (place together in your palm and circulated together) are necessary to build physical strengths for martial arts practitioners, enhances health and cure diseases.

In Chinese medicine, its main function is to stimulate chi to ensure good flow of blood and energy through all the 5-Element organs in our bodies. Chinese believe in theory of "jingluo", which refers to the main and collateral channels, regarded as a network of passages, through with vital energy circulates and along which the acupuncture points are distributed. Our ten fingers are connected with the heart, nerves and vital organs of the human body like liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, gallbladder, stomach and intestines. When you pluck the balls held on your palms in a massaging manner, the gesture could stimulate various acupuncture points on the hand, resulting in the unimpededness of circulation of vital energy and blood to function in harmony, the muscles nimble, the bones strong, the mind sober, and can invigorate the circulation of blood, thus preventing hypertension and various chronic diseases.


VotesAnswer
14They are interesting but I don't believe they can accomplish what they claim to.
11I believe they could be as useful as a Stress Ball but nothing more.
8Other
5I have them but no longer use them.
3I have them and use them regularly.
2I've never even heard of them until now.


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Amanda
posted 18-Feb-2007 11:48pm  
I have some...some where. I bought them, when I was about 13, because they looked cool. I've never used them.
southernyankee
posted 19-Feb-2007 12:10am  
Are those Chinese salty balls?
RGirl
(reply to southernyankee) posted 19-Feb-2007 2:10am  
Yes, Chinese chocolate salty balls.
ROCKMAN
posted 19-Feb-2007 5:28am  
I think they might help with stress and maybe with blood flow which might help some other parts of the body. I might have to get me a pair just to have.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Gold Star Survey Creator
posted 19-Feb-2007 7:13am  
mildly fun toy, nothing more -- we got some years ago, played with them a little, they have been on a shelf for years now (like so many other gifts)
blondie20
posted 19-Feb-2007 8:45am  
I don't believe they can accomplish what they claim to.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator Gold Qualifier
posted 19-Feb-2007 9:32am  
i don't have them but they could work
Zang
posted 19-Feb-2007 9:54am  
This is the first I've ever heard of them. From the description, they sound like those little balls that were vaguely popular with executives back in the eighties or nineties. They weren't decorative. Just shiny silver kind of things. I don't think they made any noise or were different from each other. Just hollow metal balls with smaller balls inside. Actually, now that I think of it, they were the same as Ben Wa balls (from the sixties or seventies), which have quite a different use!  * raspberry *

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Wa_balls
mandy
posted 19-Feb-2007 3:26pm  
COOL!
RGirl
(reply to Zang) posted 20-Feb-2007 1:45am  
That is what I was thinking the whole time when I saw this survey! 'Aren't those those balls that???????.....................'
Jody
posted 20-Feb-2007 2:48pm  
I really enjoy their poorly translated instructions!
Zang
(reply to RGirl) posted 20-Feb-2007 3:33pm  
 * laughing out loud *

Yes!
filiasan
posted 20-Feb-2007 3:53pm  
Good for blood flow. Not good for hand tremors.
cabinfever
posted 22-Feb-2007 2:45pm  
I've heard of them.... but the uses I've heard of for them have nothing to do with chi.  * evil smile *
cabinfever
(reply to RGirl) posted 22-Feb-2007 2:46pm  
Me three! I was thinking that too.  * evil smile *
gazelda1
posted 23-Feb-2007 9:32pm  
I love these...they really are great for use when you want to pull out of tension, helps improve quardination in your hand and you can move up in skill...also good for use for people who feel they always need to be using their hands. They better you get at using them...the larger the balls you can handle(wow that sounds bad). the larger the balls are they more muscle movement you feel. I was suprised at the muscles used in this small excersize. I use to wark at a store called Natural Wonders...we sold them there..in many sizes. I got mine then.
mve17
posted 25-Feb-2007 8:48am  
They have pandas on them.. I want a health ball..
meowry
posted 11-Jun-2009 8:00pm  
I have used them, for my coordination disorder (degenerative ataxia). It has never helped me, for stress, though.
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