The human body is indeed a mysterious machine. Humans are vulnerable to a variety of medical conditions, while some are incurable. Most of us go the conventional way, but there are people who believe in medical practices that are way too weird.
Here are a collection of 10 medical practices that show us how people are desperate to think out of the box and choose them in search of a cure.
Doctor Fish, also called “Garra rufa obtusas,” swim across the face of a man as he relaxes in a hot spa pool in Kangal. This treatment is believed to heal a chronic, incurable skin disease called psoriasis, which also affects the joints. Many people with psoriasis travel to Kangal to stay at the spa for more than 20 days and visit the pools twice daily for four-hour treatment sessions.
In Tokyo, a salon called Clinical-Salon demonstrates a new beauty treatment in which they leave snails to crawl on your face. They began this unique facial treatment, which offers a five-minute session with the snails crawling on your face. According to the salon, the snail slime is thought to make your skin supple and remove dry or scaly patches.
According to a legend, Haitian pilgrims bathe in a waterfall, which is believed to have purifying and healing powers. In this image, a Haitian man bathes during the celebration of the annual pilgrimage to the waterfall in Saut D’Eau, Haiti.
In Siwa Oasis, Cairo, people believe that getting buried in the sand in the hottest days has a therapeutic effect on patients with rheumatism, joint pain, and even impotence. In this pic, a man is seen buried in the sand at the El Dakrror mountain area in Siwa Oasis.
Pouring cold water on yourself during a snowfall can improve your health and keep children feel well, according to people in Krasnoyarsk, a Russian’s Siberian city. In this image, children watch their classmates pour cold water on themselves during a snowfall.
In Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, people believe that cow urine has supernatural healing powers. In Cambodia, more than one-third of the population lives on less than $1 a day and very few can afford conventional medications.
Mud therapy is one of the modes of treatments practiced in naturopathy. The mineral mud is known to alleviate pain caused by arthritis and neurological disorders. In this image, consumers enjoy mud therapy at a nursing home in Anshan, China’s Liaoning province.
A pregnant woman is seen touched by a dolphin during a therapy session at a hotel in Lima. This therapy is believed to stimulate the brains of the baby inside the womb. They believe that the dolphin’s high-frequency sounds can help develop neuron abilities.
In Indonesia’s Rawa Buaya, people believe that the high-frequency electrical energy generated from the tracks can cure a variety of medical conditions. Rawa Buaya residents lie on a railway track to cure their medical illness.
In Martin, Slovakia, a patient seems to undergo treatment by playing a computer game in virtual reality at an eye clinic.