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On July 12, curious pedestrians witnessed a rare sight at a public square in East China's Anhui province: a group of Chinese middle-aged women sunbathing on cobblestones while chatting away.
As a heat wave has swept across many regions in China, these innovative aunties decided to take advantage of the nature's force and enjoy a new way of staying healthy:lying on sun-kissed cobblestones for an outdoor "hot stone therapy".
"The stones can force out dampness within the body."One auntie claimed that scorched cobblestones possess medical efficacy according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) beliefs.
In TCM,it is believed that summer is the ideal time to cure illness caused by severe weather in winter.
Well, some may hold the "therapy" is effective, while may believe it's unruly behaviors at public places. What's your take on this?

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Another pseudo medical T.C.M. whim. It reminds me of that weird belief that chicken eggs laid in urine given by virgins has certain healing effects...

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seneca Post time: 2017-7-16 10:53
Another pseudo medical T.C.M. whim. It reminds me of that weird belief that chicken eggs laid in u ...

OP says "it is believed that summer is the ideal time to cure illness caused by severe weather in winter. "

What we know is that the reason people get sick in winter is because their is less sunlight exposure, and skin uses  sunlight to produce vitamin D, which is an important hormone for the immune system.  So in winter, less vitamin D weakens immune system, so body is more susceptible to viruses/bacteria.

So when summer comes, getting more sunlight strengthens the body again.

OP of course was not looking at it in the scientific way.  Science is the white man's thing only (well, not all whites, only those in the very high IQ range, like above 130.)

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Plucker Post time: 2017-7-16 11:10
OP says "it is believed that summer is the ideal time to cure illness caused by severe weather in  ...



Yes, well said.

The women in the pictures do not expose much skin to the vitamin-D-production-triggering sun; they lie on HOT STONES as if the heat were stored sunshine.

It's one more nail in the coffin of T.C.M. fairy tale beliefs. You have to be a Chinese to believe in such nonsense. Hence T.C.M. needs to be rigorously examinedf by others before it is applied to people.

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