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September 2022

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1988 Aug; 82(2): 277-80.

Maqua (therapeutic burn) as an indicator of underlying disease.

Rosenberg L, Sagi A, Stahl N, Greber B, Ben-Meir P.

Plastic Surgery Department, Soroka University Hospital, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

The origin and nature of the maqua (the Arabic therapeutic burn) is presented together with our clinical experience of patients previously treated by this traditional method. Maquas are small deep burns inflicted in areas either in proximity to a diseased organ or in points related traditionally to the original basic problem. These relationships may be rooted in historical ties between old Arab medicine and traditional Oriental, antique Egyptian, and Greco-Roman medicines. Maquas alone only rarely present a threat to the patient, but in many cases they may serve as an indicator of the original underlying disease. This and other folklore treatment modalities, together with the healers themselves, should be acknowledged by us, as markers for health problems or maybe for potential healing methods and doctor-patient relationships.


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