A lot of weird things are happening around us, from which we compiled a list of craziest cures from around the globe. These are creepy and some of them may give you shivers.
Scorpion Therapy – Eastern China
A woman receives traditional Chinese medical treatment with dead scorpions on her face at a hospital in Jinan, capital of eastern China’s Shandong province.
Mineral Mud Therapy – Anshan, China
Consumers enjoy mud therapy at a nursing home in Anshan, east China’s Liaoning province. The mineral mud is believed to be able to alleviate pain from rheumatoid arthritis, sequela of traumatisms and peripheral nervous system diseases.
Magic Cow – Cambodia
A villager pours water over the carcass of a dead calf, which villagers believe to be a magic cow born with crocodile skin, during its funeral at Trang Per village in Pusat province, 190km (120 km) northwest of Phnom Penh. The villagers believe that drinking water poured over the calf can cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments. Belief in the supernatural healing powers of animals such as cows, snakes and turtles is a relatively common phenomenon in Cambodia, where over a third of the population lives on under $1 a day and few can afford modern medicines.
Cow Urine – Cambodia
Cambodia villagers collect the urine of a cow believed to have healing powers in Kompot province, about 100 km (62 miles) south of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Belief in the supernatural healing powers of animals such as cows, snakes and turtles is relatively common in Cambodia, where more than third of the population lives on less than $1 a day and few can afford modern medicines.
Cupping Treatment – Shanghai
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. Huangzhiguo Traditional Chinese Massage and Acupuncture Clinic is the largest private clinic on Chinese traditional massage and acupuncture in Shanghai.
Cervical Spondylosis Cure – Hefei, China
A patient receives a traditional Chinese medical treatment to cure cervical spondylosis at a hospital in Hefei, Anhui province. Cervical spondylosis is a condition where the cervical spine made of vertebraes and discs degenerate.
Magic Stone – Jombang, Indonesia
Nine-year-old Muhammad Ponari (L), a boy whom locals believe possesses healing powers, dips his magic stone into a bottle of water, during a mass healing event in Jombang, East Java province. About two months ago, Ponari caught a stone which fell from the sky, shortly after lightning struck the area he was playing in, according to Ponari’s uncle, Mulyono. Believing that this stone contained magical healing powers, thousands have sought Ponari’s help by drinking water which he dips the stone in.
Purification Dance – Ghana
An apprentice of the traditional Bosson religion uses her healing powers to cure a young child during the Ahouwe ritual purification dance in Aniassue on the eastern Ivory Coast. Ahouwe is a ritual dance in Ivory Coast’s eastern Akan area and in Ghana, during which followers become possessed by genies who instruct them on the preparation of natural cures. The women who practice the Bosson religion are known as Komians, spiritual mediums who claim to possess healing powers.
Dolphin Therapy for Pregnant Women – Lima, Peru
Peruvian Ety Napadenschi (L), who is eight month 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 dolphins high-frequency sounds, to develop neuron abilities.
Doctor Fish – Tokyo
Garra rufa obtusas, also known as doctor fish swim near the feet of visitors at Hakone Kowakien in a hot spring resort, west of Tokyo. A resort hotel opened Dr Fish bath that contains 1,000 West Asian fish. The Garra rufa fish used in this spa is known as Doctor Fish since it feeds on the dead skin from the feet of visitors and is believed by some to cure skin diseases.
Swallowing Live Fish – Hyderabad, India
A man prepares to swallow a live fish that has been dipped in homemade medicine during a camp 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.
Bee Sting Therapy – Western China
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 of the clinic Li Qixing uses bee venom released into the patient’s body when the bee stings, to cure diseases such as rheumatism, arthritis and rhinitis.
Eating Live Frog – Eastern China
Jiang Musheng, a 66-year-old resident, eats a live tree frog at a village in Shangrao, in eastern China’s Jiangxi province in this picture. Jiang suffered from frequent abdominal pains and coughing 20 years ago, until an old man called Yang Dingcai suggested tree frogs as a remedy, the Beijing News said on Tuesday.
Hijama Islamic Treatment – Hebron, Palestine
Assem al-Tamimi, a Palestinian doctor and Hijama specialist, treats a patient at his clinic in the West Bank city of Hebron. Hijama is a traditional Islamic treatment method that involves creating a vacuum on the skin by placing inverted cups on parts of the body and drawing blood from an incision on the skin.
Walnut on Eye – Eastern China
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.
Leech Treatment – Moscow, Russia
Russian woman takes leech treatment in a laboratory in Moscow. The International Leech Centre raises leeches for use in treatments dating from ancient Egypt for a wide variety of ailments, including blood disorders and immunity problems.
Medicinal Mud Pond – Chilca
A man covered with mud sits in a medicinal mud pond at the Lagoon of Miracles in Chilca. The ‘Lagoon of Miracles,’ with its distinct greenish colour along with the mud ponds that surround it, is said to cure everything from acne to rheumatism.
Skin Treatment with Fish – Japan
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. Over 600 exhibitors took part in Japan’s largest beauty trade fair.
Horn Cupping Treatment – China
A resident receives horn cupping treatment on his back on a street in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Cupping is an alternative form of pain therapy that has been part of Chinese medicine for over 2,500 years, local media reported.
Bury Neck-Deep in the Sand - Libya
Mohmmed Emad, 41, lies buried neck-deep in the sand in the El Dakrror mountain area at Siwa Oasis, 700 km northwest of Cairo and 55 km to the Libyan border. 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.
Snake Therapy – Spain
Liz Cohen receives a treatment by letting snakes loose on her body at a spain the northern communal village of Talmey El’Azar.. Ada Barak, the owner of the spa, uses California and Florida King snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments, which she said were inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing.
Spiritual Therapy – Northern Portugal
Parapsychologist Fernando Nogueira communicates with spirits with one of his patients in Fafe, northern Portugal. Surrounded by clean hospital beds in his new Occult Sciences Centre in northern Portugal, Fernando Nogueira makes exorcism sound almost mundane.
Moxa Leaves in Ears – Jinan, China
A doctor ignites dry moxa leaves in a patient’s ear during a traditional Chinese medical treatment for curing brain atrophy, at a hospital in Jinan, Shandong province.
Skin Treatment with Terrapin Turtle – Cambodia
A man holds a terrapin, whose touch believed to cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments, as he prepares to treat the face of a villager in Kandal province, 20km (12 miles) west of Phnom Penh. Belief in the supernatural healing powers of animals such as turtles, cows and snakes is a relatively common phenomenon in Cambodia.
Rubber Neti – Chandigarh, India
Students perform Rubber Neti, an ancient yogic technique, in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. Many Indians believe that Rubber Neti controls the common cold, cough and asthma and keeps the nasal passages clean.
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