Two men in Shanghai who used phony traditional Chinese medicine practices to swindle people out of a total of 90,000 yuan were handed a prison sentence of one year by the Zhabei District People’s Court yesterday, Shanghai Daily reports.
In several cases, the pair told people they were suffering from bone spurs, which they then extracted using the TCM procedure of “cupping.”
To help convince patients, the men put fish bones in the cups before applying them, then show the “results” of their treatment to the grateful recipients.
The men started up their “medical treatment” operation last October, charging from 1,000 yuan to 2,000 yuan per session. One elderly woman in particular was tricked out of 19,000 yuan.
“Cupping” is a long-practiced form of localized suction therapy that’s believed to help improve blood flow, along with a medley of other ailments, but it’s been widely debated whether or not the treatment actually has any substantial benefits.
Ying Li, a doctor who’s been practicing Chinese medicine in Southern Illinois for more than 12 years, has urged patients not to use Chinese medicine as a replacement for conventional care or as a reason to delay seeing a doctor about a serious medical problem.
The treatment should also probably not result in tiny bones being extracted from your body.
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