World's Most Bizarre and Weirdest Medical Cures: Do They Work? [PHOTOS]

on July 21 2011 10:23 AM
  • Scorpion Drink
    A Thai man poses while drinking a glass of rice wine with a scorpion in the village of Baan Niyomchai in Lopburi province, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Bangkok. REUTERS
  • Terrapin Touch
    A man holds a terrapin, whose touch believed to cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments, as he prepares to treat the face of a villager in Kandal province, 20km (12 miles) west of Phnom Penh. REUTERS
  • Fish Swallowing
    A man is made to swallow a live fish as a form of medicine during a camp in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. REUTERS
  • Bulgarian Bathing
    Bulgarians lay in the Bourgas salt-works lake, near the Black Sea town of Bourgas, some 400 km (248 miles) east of capital. REUTERS
  • Thai Maggot Therapy
    A Thai nurse removes a bag of maggots from a patient's wound at a hospital in Bangkok. REUTERS
  • Leech Therapy
    A man prepares to swallow a live fish that has been dipped in homemade medicine during a camp in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. REUTERS
  • Train Track Therapy
    Residents lie on railway tracks in Rawa Buaya in Indonesia's West Java province. REUTERS
  • Bee Sting
    A patient receives treatment with bee venom for rheumatism at a clinic in Beijing. REUTERS
  • Beer Spa
    Katja Horn lies in a copper bath tub full of beer and water in a dimly lit relaxation room at the Hotel Esplanade in the German spa town of Bad Saarow east of Berlin. REUTERS
  • Mud Magic
    A man covered with mud sits in a medicinal mud pond at the "Lagoon of Miracles" in Chilca. REUTERS
  • Dolphin Kiss
    Peruvian Iliana Cogan, who is six months pregnant, is touched by a dolphin named Wayra during a therapy for pregnant women in Lima. REUTERS
  • Face Buring Treatment
    A patient receives a traditional Chinese medical treatment with needles. REUTERS
  • Military Sand Therapy
    Army veteran Matthew Doyle, 25, practices paddling on the sand at a surf therapy program for military veterans in Manhattan Beach, California. REUTERS
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For thousands of years, humans have been on a quest to find effective disease cures and methods of staying healthy. While modern Western medicine has evolved into a system of doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical drugs, other remedies—from bloodletting to coordinated laughing — are still in use around the world.

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