Magic Fish Spa

My friend sent me this link that I had to read twice and stare at the pictures in amazement. and then my next thought was “how cool is this!?!”. but i think only you guys would share my enthusiasm. Anyways..the article says….

A newly emerged “fish spa” is becoming fashionable in many hot spring resorts, and has attracted even more customers, all curious about this peculiar treatment. At such a spa, many Garra Rufa, a type of small tropical fish, also nicknamed Chinchin Yu, nibble fish or simply doctor fish, are put in hot springs. As they can live and swim freely in at least 43-degree-hot waters, they are naturally used for the treatment of skin diseases in such spas.


When placed in the spa, these fish can feed themselves on the dead cells of the human body, since they only consume such cells, leaving the healthy skin of the human body to grow. The whole process is reportedly free of pain. It won’t hurt and the bather might feel a pleasant tingling on his or her skin.


The fish species are often found in the river basins in the Middle East, including Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey, and thus is also called Turkish Fish. It is legally protected from commercial exploitation in Turkey due to concerns over harvesting for export. In 2006, the first Asian Doctor Fish spa resort opened in Hakone, Japan. These fish are used to clean the feet of the bathers at the spa. Recently, such spas become fashionable in resorts in China and South Korea.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

roffi August 28, 2007 at 12:35 am

gotta try it.. hehehe

Helena21 August 28, 2007 at 1:10 pm

That is AMAZING! ive never seen anything like it! i want to go there haha

Katie217 August 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I wanna do that!!!!

ionatan August 28, 2007 at 10:07 pm

beatiful picture

GrumpyMarine September 4, 2007 at 9:59 am

What!!! ok dead skin doesn’t just sit on your legs, arms and feet. It is also on those precious areas called privates!!! i don’t want no fish any size biting or eating off my privates… i will pass

Eric October 3, 2007 at 6:58 am

Hi, actually, dead skin is everywhere, and it does just sit on you. Your body loses millions of cells everyday.
Now, to get to Dr Fish. Unless you pull your trousers off they don’t get access to your bits. I suffer from bad rashes on my legs and I have since I was a kid. I’ve been getting prescriptions for oils, creams, ointments and pills to prevent it, or stop it and nothing has worked. Now, I have had a couple of sessions with the fish and although not healed completely, my skin is much nicer. If anyone has a chance, I highly recommend this treatment.


ryan October 22, 2007 at 8:06 pm

hi, read this in the paper, quite keen to know the address for a fren who wants to give a try..pls help tq

Emily November 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Ew ! Lol but thats neat!

Ana Gonzalez April 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

i think this is so cool, im going to try this and see how it feels just to have a lot of little fish nibbling on my skin…im so excited to try this!

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