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Strange methods used in traditional Chinese treatments

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.

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A patient with facial paralysis receives moxibustion treatment at Jinan Chinese Medicine Hospital in Jinan, Shandong. Photo: Xinhua

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A woman undergoes moxibustion treatment at a Chinese traditional medicine hospital in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. Photo: Xinhua

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A woman has neck traction treatment in Suining, Sichuan province. Photo: AP

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A patient suffering from facial paralysis undergoes acupuncture treatment at a Chinese traditional medicine hospital in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters

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Children undergo treatment with moxibustion boxes at a hospital in Qingdao, Shandong province. Moxibustion uses the heat from burning mugwort to treat many conditions. Photos: Xinhua, EPA

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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

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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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