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Weight: 308.6lb

Body Fat: 48.0%

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Indonesian Kerok: The Healing Is In The Blood!

On Monday last week I hurt my right shoulder and thought that it would be ok in a day or two. But on Friday evening it was still bothering me. Here in Indonesia there it a type of massage called “KEROK” that is said to heal muscular pain quicker than any modern treatment.

I am a real skeptic and like to have a laugh at some of the traditional things that they do over here, but on Saturday morning I had no pain and I now have to say “I’m a believer!”

Ok so how you give someone a Kerok massage is take a coin, one of the larger ones as the edges are not so thin and sharp. And then you score the area were you are having the pain, you have to add a bit of pressure. You keep scoring away until you burst the blood vessels around the painful muscle.

When the blood contacts with the muscle it helps to heal the cause of pain that you are having. As you can see in the photo Susan (my wife) has done it to my shoulder.


My wife is experienced and has been practicing this kind of massage since she was 12 (now 32), what I am trying to say is consult your doctor before you try anything like this.


Comment from Steve
Time February 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s not from a coin. Your wife just attacked you in the sack and ravaged your new body and you wanted to show off! 😉

Comment from Clare
Time February 27, 2008 at 2:09 pm

You do know that you should seriously watch out with Kerok. I used to live in Indonesia myself, and the danger with this practice, is that you run a risk of allowing air bubbles to get into your blood vessel. A small amount of air which gets into your circulatory system is more than enough to kill you. Kerok acts as a very strong massage, so instead of risking death call an “Ibu urut” and ask her to work on that shoulder. And yes, I know what I’m talking about, I’m a biology major. Besides, blood healing the muscles makes no sense whatsoever, there is no healing properties in blood, only erythrocytes, leukocytes, and thrombocytes. Non of which miraculously heals strained muscles.

Good luck, call an Ibu Urut, don’t risk death. Research before u practice primitive medicine.

Comment from disciplineorregret
Time February 28, 2008 at 5:07 am

Hi Clare, thanks for your comment. Very interesting. I will be investigating into this one some more. I have yet to ask my uncle who is a doctor.

I believe what you say is true, but I can’t deny that kerok worked on my shoulder.

We also need to be careful of ibu urut because about 99% are not qualified and can (and have done) more damage than good.

Lets see what I can dig up.

Take care,

Comment from Tony
Time September 9, 2008 at 9:30 am

Hi Clare,
The pressure applied with kerok is no more than the pressure that would be applied when you bump yourself or when you rub accidently hard up against an object whilst walking or running.
How can that get air in the blood?
The kerok method have helped me many times and relieved me from sore muscles.
I have lived in Indonesia for many years and have never heard anything bad about it, not even from doctors.
In my opinion the benefits are better flow of blood to the muscle and thus quicker relief from pain whichever way that happens, I have no medical degree so I can’t explain it.
I agree with Andrew with his remark about Ibu Buruts.
By the way Andrew, did you ask your doctor-uncle’s opinion?

Comment from admin
Time September 9, 2008 at 9:46 am

Hi Tony, I had forgotten about this post. If I remember correctly after Claire’s comment I did a bit of digging around and found no dangers related to kerok.

I also found that kerok has found it’s way into the NHS (UK Health Service) as a method of helping muscular pain heal.

I also checked on “air bubbles in vessels” and if you get any air in your vines or arteries then you die, as there should be no air in there. This is why when an injection is administered the syringe should be tapped to remove bubbles.

Thanks for your comment Tony, I still have my wife give me a kerok massage now and again, I don’t think it poses any threats.

Take care,

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