Paida lajin

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Clinically unproven

Paida lajin (拍打拉筋), created by Hongchi Xiao (蕭宏慈), is a therapy based upon aspects of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Taoist and Buddhist principles.[1] The therapy involves slapping the body until bruised, stretching, and fasting for days.[1] The idea is to remove "long-held toxins" and "poisoned blood" (sha or 痧) from the body.[1] Paida lajin literally means "beat-pull", referring to slapping and pulling toxins from the blood. Paida lajin would appear to be heterodox to TCM because it has been criticized in both China and Taiwan.[2]

The slapping therapy is recommended "For children over three years old, in addition to slapping along the entire spine, slap the universal regions (elbows, knees, hands and feet), the entire four limbs, and stretch on a Lajin bench."[1][3] This could easily be construed as child abuse.

Xiao has claimed that paida lajin can cure or ease the symptoms of colds, body pains, Alzheimer's, strokes, paralysis, kidney failure, cancer, autism, and diabetes.[1][2]

In 2011, Taiwanese authorities fined Xiao the equivalent of US$1600 for "promoting folk remedies as medically effective".[2]

In 2015, Aidan Fenton, a 6-year-old diabetic attended an $1800 week-long workshop in Australia.[1] Shortly after the workshop, the boy died, and in 2017, the boy's parents were charged with manslaughter due to "gross negligence".[1]

In 2016, 3 people were arrested for manslaughter of Danielle Carr-Gomm, a diabetic, who was being treated at a paida lajin workshop in the UK.[4] In 2023, Xiao was extradited from the UK to Australia, and charged with manslaughter by gross negligence in connection with Carr-Gomm's death.[5]

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