A rice farmer in Jiangxi has created a machine which he claims can remove kidney stones.
Zhu Qinghua, 51, told reporters that his wife had her left kidney removed due to kidney failure back in 1993, and suffered from stones in her right kidney years later.
Doctors told the couple that an operation to remove the stones would be too dangerous for a patient with only one kidney, so Zhu decided to take matters into his own hands. Doctors had advised Zhu’s wife to stand upside-down for periods of time, as it’s supposed to help dislodge the stones. Going on that idea, Zhu created the contraption seen below. Despite its medieval torture device-esque appearance, he claims that the thing has completely cured his wife.
Zhu whipped up the so-called “stone-removing bed” for just 1,000 yuan and says that it successfully removed his wife’s kidney stones. A quick bit of online research will confirm that the concept itself is not entirely new. Gravity inversion tables have long been touted as beneficial for back pain as well as for the passing of kidney stones. What sets Zhu’s rotating bed apart is that it viiiiiiibrates with the power of a driving wheel of a tractor.
The invention was granted a national utility patent last year, and Zhu hopes to see his “stone-removing bed” manufactured for the masses (the ill masses) to enjoy.
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