Embedded pearls cause serious health condition

A man in China had to have 42 pearls removed that had been embedded in his skin as a result of a quack “cure”. He was worse for the treatment.

Docs remove 42 pearls in folk cure gone wrong – ODD – Globaltimes.cn.

A man in Changsha, Hunan Province underwent emergency surgery to remove dozens of pearls he had embedded in his body for years as part of a folk remedy for his severe leg pain.

Doctors at Nianlun Orthopaedics Hospital (NOH) removed 42 pearls from the waist, hip and legs of the 61-year-old man surnamed Zou on Friday.

As a result of the unusual remedy, specialists found Zou had contracted bilateral femoral head necrosis, a condition where blood supply to the bone is interrupted.

A friend suggested a doctor for Mr. Zou for his lower back and leg pain troubles. He notes that one of his family members has undergone “pearl therapy” successfully. I was unable to find info on this particular method of embedding pearls into people’s skin. But pearls are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine historically among the wealthy. Normally, the pears are ground into powder or ingested whole. Ground pearls or oyster shells are added to face creams and pills with the promise of skin as smooth and beautiful as a pearl. I could not find any reference to embedding or what effect that supposedly would have. Pearls are a form of calcium carbonate so they will readily dissolve in acid. I could not find any evidence that they are especially beneficial to put on your skin or any more helpful to ingest than a regular, far cheaper anti-acid.

The article is not clear how the pearls caused the femoral bone blood supply to be interrupted but it MUST have been uncomfortable. The body does not react well to implanted foreign substances and attempts to neutralize or get rid of them. I can’t fathom how anyone could think this is a good idea. Of course, it is done as a body modification (NSFW).

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  4 comments for “Embedded pearls cause serious health condition

  1. Richard Smith
    February 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Combine this with the embedded gold threads, and you could wind up with some very pretty insides.

    • Mark Richards
      February 28, 2014 at 5:54 AM

      …and a case of Morgellons.

  2. Chester
    February 27, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    An embedded particulate becomes a pearl in an oyster, then gets embedded in a person. Zou can commiserate with bivalves.

  3. john
    March 4, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    A bit of trivia..
    As an ex pearl farmer (deck hand) I know a few ‘gentlemen’ that have had keshi (very small! miss-shaped pearl) inserted into their man parts, just under the skin. to increase sexual pleasure for women. So yes I can verify that it does happen for ‘body modification’
    2ndly, the cover photo is of a half pearl. This is not how / where pearls are grown (naturally or cultured). Half pearls are plastic ‘half domes’ which are stuck onto the pearls shell with superglue. This is usually done to older shell that no longer is growing nacre around seeds anymore. (after about 4-5 years old)

    Cultured pearls are made in the ‘pearl sac’ and are ‘seeded’ by small beads mainly maid of Mississippi clam shell!
    Cultured pearls are usually grown for 2-3 years before re-seeding. They all get an x-ray every year to see if the seed is in the right spot.
    *this is from my experience. Not all farms are the same!

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