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Kerokan - A Healing Process: Indonesia

Username By Wombat | November 25th, 2005 | Comments 2 Comments »

Throughout the archipelago an old healing process known as Kerokan is used by Indonesians. This is used when you are ailing from an illness. The process involves the harsh rubbing of the skin on the back, or other parts of the body, with a coin.

I have had this painful process applied to my body many times and believe me it works!. Candika uses an old Chinese coin and Minyak Cina, or Chinese oil.

Firstly, she rubs the back with the oil (which is quite hot) and the process of dragging the coin harshly over the skin in repeated strokes from the spine outwards. It hurts like hell, and afterwards, your back resembles that of a tiger’s skin. I must admit though, it does heal and feels good after the agonising, teeth-grinding process.

Brandon Hoover on his site The Java Jive, has an article about this process. It’s well worth a read.

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2 Responses to “Kerokan - A Healing Process: Indonesia”

Julia | November 25th, 2005 at 12:00 pm | comment link
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I have seen this done in Java when I was staying at a kampung in Magelang. Sure looked like it was hurting!

Seishirou | July 3rd, 2011 at 8:48 pm | comment link
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Hahaha.. You’re absolutely right!! But it could guarantee your health, and fast!

I,myself, thought everytime I had finished the process, ‘did my neighbour managed to hear all my shouting?’

There aren’t any whimper, shouting & curses! If could stand the pain without making any sound you’re really strong or, you’re not human?

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