July 20, 2019: Take a look at strange medical and cosmetic treatments from around the world.
A pregnant woman is touched by a dolphin 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.
Snails crawl on the face of a woman during a demonstration of a new beauty treatment at Clinical-Salon in Tokyo. Clinical-Salon began the unique facial which offers a five-minute session with the snails crawling on the face. According to a beautician at the salon, the snail slime is believed to make one’s skin supple as well as remove dry and scaly patches.
Garra rufa obtusas, also known as "doctor fish", swim around the face of a man as he relaxes in a hot spa pool in Kangal. The treatment is believed to heal Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease which affects the joints and skins. People suffering from psoriasis travel to Kangal to stay at the spa for 21 days and visit the fish pools twice daily for four-hour treatment sessions.
Students perform Rubber Neti, an ancient yogic technique, in Chandigarh. Many Indians believe that Rubber Neti controls the common cold, cough and asthma and keeps the nasal passages clean.
Residents lie on railway tracks in Rawa Buaya, Indonesia. The residents believe that the electrical energy from the tracks will cure them of various illnesses.
A patient undergoes a treatment by playing computer games in virtual reality at an eye-clinic in Martin, Slovakia.
A woman prepares to swallow a live fish that has been dipped in homemade medicine during a camp in 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.
A man holds a terrapin, whose touch believed to cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments, as he prepares to treat the face of a teenager in Kandal. Belief in the supernatural healing powers of animals such as turtles, cows and snakes is a relatively common phenomenon in Cambodia.
A man is buried in the sand at the El Dakrror mountain area in Siwa Oasis, Cairo. 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 Palestinian boy suffering from Paranasal sinus reacts as he receives treatment at a bee venom therapy centre in Gaza. The treatment, using the venom of honeybees, is known to be effective for diseases like epilepsy, spinal disorders, hearing problems and nasal allergy, according to the owner of the centre.
Dead scorpions and ginger flakes are placed on a patient’s face during a traditional Chinese medical treatment for curing facial paralysis, at a hospital in Jinan, China
Cambodia villagers collect the urine of a cow believed to have healing powers in 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 one-third of the population lives on less than $1 a day and few can afford modern medicines.
Consumers enjoy mud therapy at a nursing home in Anshan, 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.
A walnut is placed on a patient’s eye and ignited dry moxa leaves in his ears during a traditional Chinese medical treatment for curing facial paralysis, at a hospital in Jinan, China.
A dog and a cat receive treatment at Shanghai TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Neurology and Acupuncture Animal Health Center, which specialises in acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for animals, in Shanghai, China.