Elbow pit slapping has been recommended for treating and preventing heart attack for many years now, but does it really work?
Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : What Is It?
The elbow pit slapping method is based on traditional Chinese medicine belief that there are three acupressure (meridian) points around the left arm, that affects the heart and lungs.
The idea is that slapping the left elbow pit, until it turns red, will restore qi (energy) and blood circulation to the heart and lungs.
It also claims that slapping the left elbow pit on a daily basis can prevent heart disease, and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : The Evidence?
People are sharing this message together with a video showing a man who apparently had a heart attack while watching a movie in a cinema.
It’s a long message, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts.
A sudden heart attack in a Singapore theater. The Singapore doctor & helpers slapped their hands on the patient’s arms and he recovered after about 2 minutes.
This video gives you advice on emergency situations to pay attention to heart patients and how to deal with a heart attack that usually happens suddenly.
A Chinese sinseh (traditional doctor) can be seen in the video reviving the man by slapping his elbow pit for 2 minutes.
The video is being shared as evidence that the elbow pit slapping method really works in reviving patients suffering from a heart attack.
Elbow Pit Slapping For Heart Attack : The Truth
Fact #1 : Slapping The Elbow Pit Does Not Help Treat / Prevent Heart Attack
The truth is slapping the elbow pit will not revive someone with a heart attack. Neither can slapping your elbow pit on a daily basis help prevent heart disease, or a heart attack.
There is simply no scientific basis, never mind actual fact, behind such claims. It is DANGEROUS to teach people to do this.
People who use this method, instead of calling for medical assistance, will likely cause more harm, even death.
Do NOT play TCM doctor! If you encounter someone suffering from a heart attack, you should quickly call for an ambulance, and perform CPR!
Fact #2 : It Has Been Debunked By Taiwanese Doctors
As our fact check video shows, the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare asked doctors to publicly debunk this elbow pit slapping method.
They pointed out that believing such fake stories could result in poor outcomes for the victims, because proper treatment would likely be delayed.
Fact #3 : It Does Not Appear To Have Happened In Singapore
The incident in the viral video very likely did not happen in Singapore.
A careful listening of the voices will reveal that they are speaking Mandarin with a Chinese accent. So the video was most likely recorded in China.
Fact #4 : It Appears To Be A TCM Seminar
A careful examination of the video will show that while they appear to be in a mini theatre, they don’t appear to be watching a movie.
A purple podium with Chinese characters can be seen on the left side of the screen, and the staff appears to be wearing purple uniforms – one is even wearing an orange sash.
It is likely that this may be some kind of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) seminar being held in a cinema.
Fact #5 : The Man Doesn’t Look Like He Had A Heart Attack
The man did not appear to be suffering from a heart attack. Instead of clutching his chest in pain and breaking out in cold sweat, he was just unconscious.
And when they revived him, he appeared disorientated, shook his head and got up several times. He also appeared to be breathing normally.
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