Coining: an ancient treatment widely practiced among Asians

  • AK Tan
  • Mallika PS
Keywords: Coining, fever, traditional medicine, abuse


Coining is a technique used in treating many illnesses since ancient times. It is a form of dermabrasion therapy still widely practiced in China and South East Asia. This ancient treatment method is employed to rid the body of “heatiness” or “negative energies”. Coining is associated with serious complications, and has been confused with child abuse by physicians unfamiliar to Asian cultures. Despite the availability of more simple and effective treatment for fever, coining is still widely practiced among Asians.


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How to Cite
TanA., & PSM. (2011). Coining: an ancient treatment widely practiced among Asians. Malaysian Family Physician, 6(2 & 3), 2. Retrieved from
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