Alternative health therapies
When conventional medicine just doesn’t cut it for some people, things start getting a little weird. As the saying goes, there’s a cure for everything…
1. Snake Wine –
People usually say that alcohol can’t make your problems go away, but have you tried alcohol infused with poisonous snakes? Snake wine is made by steeping whole poisonous snakes in rice wine for months or by simply draining its blood into alcohol for instantaneous consumption. According to snake wine enthusiasts, this concoction can cure pretty much everything from rheumatoid arthritis to muscle aches. The venom is neutralized by the alcohol and it is believed that the more poisonous the snake, the better. If you’re a believer, or you just think snake wine shots will make a potentially exciting drinking game, you can buy snake wine online and throughout Southeast Asia.
2. Urine Therapy –
If you’ve seen that episode of Man vs. Wild where Bear Grylls drank his own urine to survive the Australian Outback, you might have also noticed that his skin is remarkably clear. Some would argue that this isn’t purely coincidence. Practitioners of urine therapy believe urine treats acne effectively. Washing your face with your own urine seems counterproductive, but over 80% of Acne.org users that have tried urine therapy would recommend it to others. Methods vary – apparently drinking urine or wiping your face with it are both viable options.
3. Nightingale Droppings –
After you’re done washing your face with urine, perhaps you may be interested in a bird-poop facial? The enzymes and guanine found in Nightingale excrement allegedly heal and lighten the skin, giving you a fresh glow. Although originally only used by Japanese geishas, today anyone can pamper themselves with poop. Shizuka Day Spa in New York City offers the “Geisha Facial” treatment for $180.
4. Maggot Therapy –
Unlike most of the things on this list, Maggot Therapy commonly used by surgeons throughout the United States and is totally FDA-approved. Maggots happily eat dead tissue and bacteria away at no cost at all. While terribly disgusting to witness, sterilized maggots successfully clean and disinfect wounds like no other.
5. Petroleum –
In the ancient Middle East, drinking purified crude oil was considered a natural remedy for asthma and arthritis. In some cases, people had even used petroleum as a poison antidote and disease combatant and bathing with oil was believed to have a fortifying effect. Today, refined white petroleum jelly is used to soothe chapped lips and cracked skin.
6. Bee Venom –
Bee venom supposedly has the power to alleviate arthritis, joint pain, and multiple sclerosis. Bee venom therapists sting themselves with venom at regular intervals as if they are taking their daily medicine. So the next time you’re running away from a bee, take a moment to ponder all the health benefits it could be offering you.
7. Psychic Surgery –
In the same way that you might have played doctor as a child, psychic surgeons make imaginary incisions and pretend to take out diseased matter. While it’s a nice idea, this spiritual practice usually results in untreated disease and death. Psychic Surgery is considered medical fraud in many nations, but is still practiced in the Philippines and Brazil.
8. Coining –
This Southeast Asian traditional folk medicine will leave you looking like a tiger. Also known as Cao Gio, this procedure involves scraping a coin against the body in long, flowing motions. Advocates believe this draws out any fever, pain, or cold you may have. This technique, although mostly painless, will result in livid marks all over your skin.
9. 24 Karat Gold –
If you’re seeking a real-life Midas touch, consider going to El Dorado Hotel’s Spa in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At this luxurious spa, you can have your face treated with a 24 karat gold facial. This treatment is said to “use the negative ions of Gold to break down the barriers and allow deeper penetration of products to firm and hydrate the skin beautifully”. Their signature “Spun Gold” massage also boasts a 24 karat gold infused oil. The therapeutic qualities of gold are debatable, but there’s no doubt bathing in gold could do wonders for the ego.
10. Doctor Fish –
Letting fish eat your dead skin cells is all the rage in Asia. Stick your feet in a pool full of tiny tropical fish known as Garra Rufa and they will nibble away and exfoliate you. Proponents of doctor fish say it even heals psoriasis or eczema. In America, the procedure has faced opposition from regulators in several states who view the procedure as unsanitary.