Coin Rubbing is a form of natural health and healing
therapy that aims to promote natural health- it is considered an alternative
and natural treatment used to enhance a happy and healthy lifestyle.
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Rubbing at Natural Earth
Coining, or cao gio, is an alternative treatment
for minor ailments such as fever, cough, headache, backache, and
other minor illness. This therapy originates in Southeast Asia.
In the U.S., the practice is most commonly seen practiced by persons
from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
The beliefs about health and the causes of illness in Southeast
Asian cultures differ from those of traditional western medicine.
While practices and beliefs vary among different ethnic groups,
there exists a common theme whereby illness is believed to be caused
by a disruption of balance. This belief system derives from the
Chinese concept of yin and yang. Every aspect in the universe has
an opposing element or force and each of these must be in balance
to achieve health. When an imbalance is perceived, illness develops.
In the Vietnamese and Cambodian culture, the concept of yin and
yang is commonly translated as "hot and cold". It is believed
that an excess or deficiency of "hot or cold" causes illness.
It is important to understand that the concept of hot and cold does
not specifically refer to temperature. For example, different foods,
herbs, and medicines are defined as hot, cold, or neutral elements.
To cure an illness caused by an excess of "hot", "cold"
therapies will reestablish balance and thus health and vice versa.
This concept of balance also applies to the belief in "wind".
It is believed that an excess of "wind" causes specific
ailments which can then be treated by "releasing wind"
from the body. "Wind" refers to an intrinsic force and
does not relate to the environmental concept of wind. Coining is
believed to release excess "wind" from the body and thus
restore balance and health to the patient.
Coining is a relatively simple remedy to perform.
First, hot oil is rubbed onto the patient's neck, back, and/or
shoulders depending on the illness being treated. The ointment or
oil used varies. Tiger balm, herbal liquid medicines, and ointments
containing ingredients such as camphor, menthol, wintergreen oil,
eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and cinnamon oil are commonly used.
Next, a coin (as seen in the image below) or edge of a spoon is
rubbed vigorously in a linear pattern over the bony prominences
such as the spine and ribs until a skin abrasion is seen. The procedure
often lasts 15-20 minutes.
1: A 'coining tool' is a quarter-sized coin attached to a handle
The technique is deemed to be effective if the coin rubbing produces
a red mark. The ecchymotic areas produced by coining usually persist
for a few days.
2: Linear erythematous and ecchymotic areas are seen on the chest
and back of this 33 year-old Vietnames man following coining. Please
follow the link provided to view a larger image.
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