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Why you should never google your symptoms or how to cure them

  • Alana Riley

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 22 2020   /  02:26 am

Unsafe practices: Patients are putting their lives at risk by avoiding going to the hospital as soon as possible.In a small clinic adjoining a medicinal herb shop, tucked away just outside Jakarta, a young woman sat as she had buckwheat seeds taped to her thumb. She had read on the internet that, according to Indonesia’s leading sujok practitioner Heriza “Heri” Budiman, it would cure her migraines.Sujok is an alternative therapy originating in Korea, and only recently arrived in Indonesia.Heri said sujok used colors, seeds or magnets on the hands to trigger certain reactions across the body. The alternative therapy recently went viral after a Facebook post circulated, encouraging parents to use it to cure their child’s fever.While the viral post stimulated interest in sujok therapy, thus indirectly promoting Heri’s new clinic, he was concerned that the message being spread did ...