Pseudo medical or alternative treatments are commonly used in Asia and in particular the large and impoverished nation of India. Now in shocking developments, Indians are looking to railroad tracks to help cure themselves via the electric currents the system sends through their bodies to cure ailments not remotely related to internal electric currents, such as diabetes
. Medical experts say there is no evidence lying on the rails does any good.
Marius Widjajarta, chairman of the Indonesian Health Consumers Empowerment Foundation credits this bizarre approach to chronic funding shortages and chaotic decentralization efforts since the 1998 ouster of longtime dictator Suharto have left many in doubt of the state-sponsored health system.
Some locals however insist it provides more relief for symptoms such as high-blood pressure
, sleeplessness and high cholesterol
Daily more than 50 people would show up at the Rawa Buaya railway tracks every day. But the numbers have dropped since police and the state-run railroad company erected a warning sign and threatened penalties of up to three months in prison or fines of $1,800.
Alternative therapies refer to a broad group of natural and spiritual healing methods that are different than the conventional western medicine (or pharmaceutical medicine). Many of these healing methods have been used for centuries in many different cultures. A few examples are Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Herbal therapy, Meditation, Naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), etc.
Ayurveda, for one, is perhaps 5,000 years old, the West seems to have woken up now to the possibilities of its efficacy. Not only more people, but even celebrities such as Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore, are turning to India's ancient science to be cured of their ailments.
Gopi Warrier, who is the first founder of Britain's Ayurvedic Charitable Hospital and whose family has run Ayurvedic hospitals in south...