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Would you let fish nibble off your skin?


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This is by far the strangest beauty related news I have ever heard, apparently in China the rage is to sit in a shallow pool while thousands of fish naw at your skin. The fish is called Garra Rufa (or Doctor Fish) and is used for treatment of skin disease. From the article:

A newly emerged “fish spa” is becoming fashionable in many hot spring resorts, and has attracted even more customers, all curious about this peculiar treatment. At such a spa, many Garra Rufa, a type of small tropical fish, also nicknamed Chinchin Yu, nibble fish or simply doctor fish, are put in hot springs. As they can live and swim freely in at least 43-degree-hot waters, they are naturally used for the treatment of skin diseases in such spas.

When placed in the spa, these fish can feed themselves on the dead cells of the human body, since they only consume such cells, leaving the healthy skin of the human body to grow. The whole process is reportedly free of pain. It won’t hurt and the bather might feel a pleasant tingling on his or her skin. Complete article here.

I don’t know about you but I feel itchy all over right now and feel the need for a hot shower, sans fish. What about you, would you sit in a tub for a Magic Fish Spa treatment?



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  1. Did you see the episode of Ugly Betty where Vanessa Williams soaked her feet in fish peddy *like the one your talking about lol it was so funny but she got her man…

  2. I actually tried this but ony with my feet. It felt itchy at first, then i got used to it. Little fish only made me feel itchy, which was bearable. But when bigger ones made me “eww, someone is biting me” and i immediately took my feet out of it. Overall, it’s not that disgusting and it doesn’t do the exfoliating job really well.

  3. (to judith) don’t ‘ew’ it…that only goes to show how limited your experiences are, probably haven’t traveled much.

    these fish snibble away your dead skin cells, they don’t EAT YOU, so it only tickles. also, this kind of fish spa has been practiced by many for a while now. if you visit Oedo Onsen in Odaiba, Tokyo (famous hotspring/bath house in Japan), this experience is available there too.

  4. which fish spa is best to go in the world, I mean there is alot of them but I am not which is best? I don’t care in which country as long as I must know the best one.

  5. I’ve actually done this before… and contrary to what it says, sometimes the fish bite REALLY hard.

    it was so funny though because my sister did it with me and she was screaming because the fish literally attack you. it’s freaky, but i think i’d do it again….

  6. I alreadu tried this and it is fun! It makes my day cimplete because the stress that i have was gone by those cute little nibble fish.. I tried this at the ocean park in manila..