This section is from the book "The Beverages of the Chinese; Kung-fu or Tauist Medical Gymnastics; the Population of China; A Modern Chinese Anatomist and A Chapter in Chinese Surgery.", by John Dudgeon. Also available from Amazon: Kung Fu, or Taoist Medical Gymnastics.
Prescription. - Take of chih-so ( same as so-sha-mi ), Amomum villosum, pan-hsia, orange peel, chih-shih, sha-jen, hsiang-fu, mu-hsiang, hou-p'o, hwei-hsiang, hsuan-hu, ts'ao-tou-k'ou tze-su (stem and leaves ), of each the same quantity. Add ginger 3 slices, and make a decoction.
No. 47. - Tung Fang-shuo's * Method of grasping his Big Toes. - To cure hernia.
* Tung Fang-shuo, 2nd century B. C. It is related that he was the child of a miraculous conception, and his mother removed to a place further to the eastward from her home to give birth to her child; and hence his name. According to common repute, he was the embodiment of the planet Venus.
With the two hands grasp the big toes of the two feet, bend the toes for a period equal to 5 respirations, lead the air in the abdomen throughout the entire body.
Another method is bending all the ten toes in this manner, which is better.