Chinese Therapy or Baoding Balls
Chinese therapy or Baoding balls date back to the Ming dynasty (1358 to 1644). Before Baoding balls were created, soldiers and the general public exercised their hands by rolling walnuts. Nowadays, most therapy balls are made of steel and usually hollow inside. When manipulated, they produce a pleasant chiming sound.
Baoding balls are often recommended to those who suffer from fatigue since the balls are believed to activate different therapeutic pressure points found in the palm of the hand. As a result, internal energy flow is enhanced.
Those who use these therapy balls have reported experiencing significant benefits, including:
- Relaxed joints and muscles
- Stress and anxiety relief
- Improved memory
- Enhanced quality of sleep
Baoding balls are also used for certain forms of physical therapy, especially when aiming to improve dexterity and exercise the wrists, hands, and arms. Some claim that prolonged use of these balls even improves memory and sharpens intelligence.