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. The therapy involves slapping the body until bruised, stretching, and fasting for days. The idea is to remove "long-held toxins" and "poisoned blood" (sha or 痧) from the body. 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.
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." This could easily be construed as child abuse.
In 2011, Taiwanese authorities fined Xiao the equivalent of US$1600 for "promoting folk remedies as medically effective".
In 2015, Aidan Fenton, a 6-year-old diabetic attended an $1800 week-long workshop in Australia. Shortly after the workshop, the boy died, and in 2017, the boy's parents were charged with manslaughter due to "gross negligence".
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. In 2023, Xiao was extradited from the UK to Australia, and charged with manslaughter by gross negligence in connection with Carr-Gomm's death.
- Let's clap, clap & clap Journey To Self-Healing (Sep 29, 2016) YouTube
- Hongchi Xiao envisions a PaidaLajin Global Community Journey To Self-Healing (Oct 21, 2016) YouTube — including baby slapping
- Paida Lajin Introduction PaidaLajin Self-Healing (Apr 13, 2016) YouTube
- PaidaLajin Self-Healing — official website
- Gua sha (刮痧) — a TCM treatment that produces bruising using hard objects, such as coins, scraped along the skin
- A diabetic boy in Australia died after a controversial ‘self-healing’ course. Now his parents are charged with manslaughter by Samantha Schmidt (March 16, 2017 at 6:06 AM) The Washington Post.
- What happens at a slapping workshop? by Tessa Wong (1 May 2015) BBC.
- Recommended PaidaLajin regions for self healing common health (2015.04.17 11:04) PaidaLajin Self-Healing (archived on March 16, 2017).
- Three people arrested after diabetic grandmother dies following Chinese 'slap treatment' by Henry Bodkin (13 November 2016 • 8:51pm) The Telegraph.
- ‘Healer’ charged with manslaughter after woman dies at slapping therapy workshop: Suspect extradited from Australia after Danielle Carr-Gomm, 71, died after taking part in paida lajin therapy to help her diabetes (30 November 2023 • 7:57pm) Telegraph.