Treatments with a point
Traditional Chinese medicine has a history stretching back more than 2,000 years. But to Western eyes, some treatments can appear strange. For example, moxibustion uses heat from burning mugwort to boost circulation, as does cupping by placing suction cups on the body. Even bee stings are used as a treatment.
A Hong Kong man receives his regular bee sting treatment. The sting and its venom are said to bring out toxins within the body and also stimulate the body’s immune system. Photos: AFP
A doctor places suction cups on the back of a patient. Cupping, which is said to improve blood circulation, leaves distinctive marks on a patient’s skin once they are removed. Photos: AFP, Xinhua
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