submitted by George Poulos on 26.04.2004
When I was a little boy, one of the practices that my father used, and was particularly good at administering -was "verduzzes".
This practise was both alarming and exciting for a little Kytherian-Greek boy.
First of all the patient/victim would be told to remove his/her shirt, and to lie face down a table/couch.
Then he would assemble 7-8 strong cups togther - and keep them close to hands.
In a Greek=Australian milk-bar of the mid-20th century - there would be plenty of cups of that type available - they were used to serve the freshly-squeezed orange juice, or to drink the milk-shakes from.
He would wrap a long thin rag around the end of a large fork or spoon handle, and make sure it was attached there.
He would then dip it in some kind of spirit - normally methylated spirits - and light a match to it. In Chinese medicine, this is called the "fire twinkling" method.
The flame would be thrust into the cup to remove the oxygen, and then as quickly as possible would be placed on the patients back. This was most often done with 6-7 cups simultaneously.
The skin/muscle on the back would be drawn up into the cup - often to the top of the cup - and then - after a little while - would be removed. The whole process would then be repeated for as long as my father thought it was necessary.
It was quite dramatic to see a fair portion of a persons back "sucked into" a set of glasses.
The practise is common throughout Russia, China, the Middle East, and Greece.
In Chinese medicine "the cupping method functions to warm and dredge the meridians, to circulate qi and activate blood, to dispel cold-damp, and to diminish swellings and pains. Clinically, the cupping method is often used to treat the obturation syndrome caused by wind-damp, such as pain in the low back, shoulders and legs, gastrointestinal disorders, such as cough and asthma."
Kytherians too believed that both wind-damp and cold-damp had deleterious effects on human health.
At times, my father has administered veduzzes "on" me - to great effect. I would often be "cured" of my ailment - the next day.
If I was particularly "krio-menos" - he would also rub a liberal dose of methylated spirits into my back - which was fairly hard to take - as it seemed to be breathed directly into the lungs.
"Cupping is a safe, non-invasive, and inexpensive technique. It is used by practitioners of Chinese medicine to treat colds, lung infections, and problems in the internal organs. It is also used to treat muscle and joint pain and spasms, particularly in the back. Cupping therapy is thought to stimulate blood circulation."
submitted by Peter Makarthis on 14.06.2004
See the genuine articles for this 'remedy' -Photography Island>Miscellaneous>Tzerigo Remedy.
Teacher, journalist, poet and author, Sydney NSW Australia
‘Andrew’ Anargyros Vretos Fatseas
Andrew Victor Fatseas (Andy)
1907 – 1998
“Whether in bliss or in distress, I never...
I thought I replied earlier, but maybe I forgot. We're related, I'm a Paspalas also, the village...
My uncle Angelo from St. Louis used to tell us that the family came from Kythira but...
About 5 minutes into the program Ada Margariti, who is an Attorney at Law, speaks about how she came to...
Interviewed during his visit to Australia, 2013.
August 17, 2010
103.2 HOPE - radio station
You’ve heard of PhDs in science, medicine and education but have you...
kythera we dont see anymore, this photo was taken in the early 80s, when it wasnt uncommon to see this...
great initiative from Mr.Peter Manea [ middle ] from sydney who from his own doing and costings is placing a...
18.08.2018 (Message Board)
24.07.2018 (Message Board)
18.07.2018 (Message Board)
Chora - 3000e, 2 bedrooms, 2 small baths, 2 sitting areas, eat in kitchen, furnished, veranda with...
08.08.2018 (Message Board)
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about...