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In The Karate Kid (2010), Jackie Chan uses some fire technique for healing of Smith's wounds. I want to know is that technique is real or complete fiction?

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Thanx for the edit, i didn't know how i killed the title and some part of question body. –  Ankit Sharma Mar 24 '13 at 10:31

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The method is called Cupping therapy and is a form of alternative medicine.

A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. According to the American Cancer Society, "[a]vailable scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease". It can leave temporary bruised painful marks on the skin and there is also a small risk of burns.

Being that it is an alternative medicine, some people will say it really works and some people will say it is "fiction".

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Think placebo: it works, to some degree, only if you believe it. –  Paul Jan 29 at 22:15

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