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Fish pedicure or Fish- spa anyone?

Discussion in 'Nature Cure' started by leena999, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. leena999

    leena999 Silver IL'ite

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    source: Fish Pedicure or Fish Spa anyone? - News - Bubblews

    Have you ever had a fish pedicure or gone to a Fish-spa in your life?

    Apparently after gaining immense popularity in countries such as China, Japan, Croatia, Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore and others, the fish pedicure has gained grounds in India also with the "doctor fish" or the Garra rufa species of fish being beneficial in curing people who are afflicted with psoriasis (which is a skin infection more or less) by having the fish nibble on your ten toes.

    Garra rufa fish are supposed to slough off the skin from your toes as they foray for food, since they are kept in modified aquariums where there are purposely not regularly fed, which is why they feed on your toes.

    There is no documented proof to prove the positive or negative effects of going to a Fish-spa, but there are enough people who would try something different in the name of novelty and hence this is being used by savvy salon and other owners to promote their spas/salons to keep the profits rolling in.

    You are invited to dip your feet in a modified aquarium of sorts in a Fish-spa,whether stand alone or in one of those swanky malls which have sprung up all over india now and while you relax and read a magazine, a bunch of fish nibble at your toes.

    This practice is prohibited in certain parts of United states of america and Canada due to unsanitary procedures, such as not cleaning the tank properly for every new customer.
    But in other countries where laws are not so strict, Fish-spa owners get away by insisting that they change the fish regularly or "recycle fish" and clean the tank after every use.
     
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  2. mimur9

    mimur9 IL Hall of Fame

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    these are now seen in malls. Expensive but worth trying once. They clean even cracked heals as the dead cells are eaten by them. What I saw is everytime before a person put his or her legs into the tank, they are sanitized with a lotion. But at the same time 5 to 6 people sit in a tank. When a new leg is immersed, the fishes rushes towards it as it has more food for them.

    The cracked heals or rough heals becomes smooth as the fish eats all the dead cells.

    I have seen people in villages immersing their legs in ponds where fishes come and eat the dead cells. Even those who has some wounds does this and the wound gets cleaned without pain and heard from them that it makes the wound heal quickly.
     
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  3. alpsheidi

    alpsheidi Senior IL'ite

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    now our age old tradition has taken new image into making moneyshakehead
     
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  4. MLP1

    MLP1 Silver IL'ite

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    I do think this is animal abuse since fish are being used for cosmetic purposes. By consuming our dead skin and toxins on the feet, the fish die. If they were being eaten / used for medicinal purposes, the death of the fish is still justified.
     
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