Crazy cures from around the world

A patient undergoes cupping treatment at Huangzhiguo Traditional Chinese Massage and Acupuncture Clinic in Shanghai. Cupping is a treatment that claims to take the heat out of the body, by using cups that are heated before being placed on the body of the patient.

A woman receives traditional Chinese medical treatment with a walnut on her eye and ignited dry moxa leaves in her ear at a hospital in Jinan, capital of eastern China’s Shandong province.

Aug. 12, 2008: Mohmmed Emad, 41, lies buried neck-deep in the sand in the El Dakrror mountain area at Siwa Oasis, in Egypt. The people in Siwa believe that being buried in the sand during the hottest time of the day is a therapeutic treatment, which can cure rheumatism, joint pain and sexual impotency.

A man covered with mud sits in a medicinal mud pond at the “Lagoon of Miracles” in Chilca, Peru. The ‘Lagoon of Miracles,’ with its distinct greenish color along with the mud ponds that surround it, is said to cure everything from acne to rheumatism.

A resident receives horn cupping treatment on his back on a street in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China. Cupping is an alternative form of pain therapy that has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years, local media reported.

May 20, 2008: Kazuhiro Aoki, puts his face in an aquarium as Garra rufa, a fish used for skin treatment, nibbles his skin at the Beautyworld Japan trade fair in Tokyo.

A man swallows a live fish as a form of medicine in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Every year in June, the Bathini Goud brothers from Hyderabad draw thousands to their camp to take part in the administering of the fish medicine, which they believe cures them of asthma and respiratory problems.

Oct. 25, 2005: Peruvian Ety Napadenschi, who is eight months pregnant, is touched by a dolphin named Wayra during a therapy session for pregnant women at a hotel in Lima. The therapy is supposed to stimulate the brains of the baby inside the belly, with the dolphin’s high-frequency sounds, to develop neuron abilities.

A Chinese man receives treatment with bee venom for rhinitis, an inflammation of the nasal membranes, at a clinic in the Duqu Town of Xi’an, West China’s Shaanxi province. The doctor at the clinic also uses bee venom to treat diseases such as rheumatism and arthritis.



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