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Q: Believe it or not ?

Last night, I was exposed to some "ancient" chinese medicine.  I can't wait to see if it does work or not.  And please, I am not making fun of it, just relating a new experience for the benefit of others.

Last Sunday, my GF, her daughter and me visited a pagoda about 4 hours north, for prayers and meditation (by them).  Locally it was a lousy day, light drizzle all the time, very windy and cold (maybe about 5 C).  The ritual inside the pagoda was worth another posting, since we were there from about 10 am until about 3 pm.  But one of the things that happened was to sit on a ledge of the pagoda, about 5 floors high, facing north, and meditate and pray for one hour al least, after offerings to the Gods.  As a result of this, they were wet and frozen to death as they came inside.  Last night both were with a slight fever, runny noses, sneezing and coughing too, so it was dictamined they had caught a cold.

So my GF asked me if I had any silver at my apartment.  I replied I have a bunch of US silver coins (those were not acceptable), and she ended up selecting a sterling silver (95% pure silver) ring I got in Taxco, Mexico (location of a silver mine there).  Then she placed some eggs in water to cook (boil).  Once done, she took one out, and very quickly removed skin, cut it in half, removed yoke from both halves, placed ring inside, closed egg whites, wrap it with a thin cloth very tightly, and rubbed it on her forehead, neck and throat areas until it was not hot any longer.  She opened the "package", and the ring, who was clean and shiny when placed inside, now was green and reddish in color, and she claimed those were impurities and sickness removed from her body.  She cleaned the ring by placing it directly over a flame, then rinsed it in water, and it was shiny again after removing whatever.  Then she started again the same process, doing it three times for her, and three times for her daughter.
Afterwards, she claimed she felt much better, also her daughter.  I am really waiting to see them this afternoon to see for myself if they are really better or not.  She claimed that this is "old Chinese medicine", from the Emperor's time, and that it always has worked for her.

I am fascinated by all of this, is it the power of the mind, or is the boiled egg whites, the silver, and the heat really removing impurities and sickenss from the human body as claimed.  Only time will tell..........

Have you ever heard of this one?  Or something similar ?.  Should we contact Mayo Clinic ?

7 years 21 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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Wow!

I too, am anxious to see what comes of this. Wouldn't an egg turn brownish / dark greenish after cooking and removing the shell if not refrigerated? Therefore I am not surprised the ring changed colour as well. I'm no scientist so I could be wrong.

However, this is an intriguing one. 

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Hate to burst your bubble here, but all that happened was the silver in your ring reacted with naturally occuring sulfur in the egg.  You know the smell of rotten eggs?  Yeah, that's Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S).  So the silver and hydrogen sulfide combined with the heat of the boiled egg produces that lovely tarnished silver look (silver sulfide).  You probably lost about 0.0001g of silver to this procedure.  Yeah, I went to school for this, haha wink

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Wooh, this is so new to me. Where'd she learn these "skills" from?

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If they do get better I will guess it was the placebo effect.
Sounds insane to me, but not surprising from my experience.

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Boil an egg and follow all her procedures, minus the rubbing it over your body (or anyone's for that matter) and see what happens to the ring. If she is saying the ring is turning colors due to the impurities it removed from her body, then nothing should happen to the ring, no?

Test it out. No harm, no foul. 

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I've had traditional medicine in China, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I think most of it is mind over matter. If she thinks it works then it will appear to have worked. But I would be wary about the things they do.

A co-worker of mine had some traditional medicine given to her last year. Within six months she had to go back to Canada and have a stint put into one of her heart valves, for the traditional medicine she took collapsed her aorta. Come to find out the medicine had a mixture of well known ingred. for western medicine. And some  metals that included gold shavings and silver both are will known in Chinese traditional medicine. She is ok now but as you can guess, she'll never try that again

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Well, two days after the fact and I asked this morning how she and her daughter were feeling, and her answer was much better, no sneezes, no coughs, no fever, but still not fully recuperated.  I asked also if the egg episode would be repeated, and she said no, one time is enough.

This is a guess, since I am not a doctor, but to me the power of the mind works in many surprising ways.  She does looks like feeling much better, and many symptons have disapeared overnight, yet she took no medicine at all to achieve this.  I am not saying it worked, nor I am saying it did not work, you believe as you wish.  Just trying to be objective in reporting what has happened.

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Are the areas any acupuncture points? I had a bad cold and my nose would not stop running. I read that if you rub the sides of your nose x 10, the inside of your eye x 10, and 2 points on your ear lobbs x 10, the nose will stop running for 10 minutes, then repeat,, it seems to work.. BTW who ate the eggs?

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When the FDA tests a new drug, one of the benchmarks is that a new drug has to cure more people of an ailment than a placebo in clinical trials.  The human mind is a wondrous thing, it is capable of healing our body and appreciating fart humor all at the same time.  :)

 

 

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