Mongolian Bone Setting

Published: Apr 2, 2021 | Updated: Apr 4, 2021

Mongolian Bone Setting
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Bone Setting is part of Mongolian Traditional Medicine and is done by so-called Bariachis, that is, by highly specialist (traditional) bone setters.

These Bariachi healers typically come from a family of traditional bone-setters, through which knowledge and practice was handed down across generations. Sometimes the Bariachi also took (take) students outside of the family to teach the art of bone setting.

The Bariachis work with hands-on physio-therapeutic, orthopedic, and other massage techniques to manipulate bones back to their proper position and work with surrounding soft tissues. Depending on the needs of the receiver and the kind of injury they may also use cupping techniques, surgery, or herbal compresses.

Mongolian Bone Setting is famous for its ability to treat illnesses related to bone fractures, joint dislocations, and soft tissue damage. Traditionally, the treatment consists of six parts: renovation, fixing, massage, herbal baths, care and recovery.

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