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Fish pedicures have caused quite a stir in the USA. 

This pedicure includes immersing your feet and legs into a tub with tiny dead flesh eating fishes!

http://en.wikipedia.org

http://en.wikipedia.org

There is a type of carp (no, they are not Piranhas or do they have teeth.) called Gara Rufu fish or Dr Fish. They originated and still live and breed in the pools of some Turkish river systems and hot springs. They are used as a treatment that has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis. The treatment is not curative, and no cure for psoriasis currently exists. Some even say that it is a combination of the sulfuric hot springs, the fish and the sun in the area in Turkey that combines to help alleviate the pain/symptoms of psoriasis.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org

http://en.wikipedia.org

This practice is widely accepted in Asian countries, and Turkish countries have baths that you completely immerse yourself in (Yikes!).

The trend here is a bit controversial. And it is a funny conversation topic to listen to people chat about! Everything from “it’s amazing”, “it tickles” to the other end of the spectrum with things like “ewwwwwww” or “I don’t want to be lunch for some fish!” LOL

I have attached a link to a video showing a hot spring widely used by folks with skin disorders in Turkey. I will warn you that if you are squeamish or even ticklish, you might not want to watch.

htps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtLPXxEBNWE from Journeyman Pictures.

I think it is great story and it is so nice that folks get some relief!

Now here in the United States it is banned in 14 states. Why? Health concerns. Here in Nevada, the Cosmetology Board has refused to license fish pedicures. Citing sanitization and disinfection regulations. How do you sanitize a fish? You can’t bake them at 220 degrees and still get any use out of them. 

And other states agree. These other states also aren’t convinced that having the dead skin of one’s feet pecked off by tiny, hungry fish is a sanitary procedure. Fourteen states, including Texas, Virginia, Delaware and Florida, have placed bans on so-called fish pedicures. 

Image from: dailymail.co.uk

Image from: dailymail.co.uk

And, it is widely acknowledge that if you have Diabetes and or a weakendc immune system, Fish Pedicures are NOT for you.

Personally, I get kinda squiggly when I see the videos. Even though some of them show people laughing their heads off because it is so ticklish. I suppose if I had the chance to try it, I may. Maybe after a big glass of wine!!! No, I can’t honestly say that I would. Maybe because I don’t like anything slimy anyways!!!!

But how can all those folks in the Eastern countries be wrong. And this has been going on for a long time!

What do you think? Leave me a message if you like! Definitely a conversation topic!!!! LOL