Is Kerokan OK? Here’s Tips to do It Safely

"After kerokan, the skin inflamed and turns red. Do not worry, this is not kind of bleeding or damaged skin tissues. Gunawan Tamtomo, a Professor of the Faculty of Medicine in UNS, explained that the skin biopsy tissue, after kerokan, shows an inflamed reaction which aims to neutralize the agent causing the small scratches on tissue and clean the dead tissue for the healing process. "

Published by : Kurnia HD  -  01/12/2020 08:18 WIB

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A common and safe part of the body for kerokan (It means, literally, ‘rubbing’) is the back. Usually, the kerokan on the back may cause red streaks that resembles a fish bone patterns. Some people also frequently kerokan on the neck and chest. So, which parts of our body are safe for kerokan? And what are the rules for safe kerokan?



In fact, there are no standard rules about kerokan. However, the pattern and direction of the kerokan should not be done carelessly. Dr. Alberta Claudia explained that the kerokan should only be done on the back and between the ribs in the back and should not rub the bones.

Furthermore, dr. Alberta also explained that we should not rub the spine, especially the lumbar region (5 spaces of the lower spine). This is because this part is directly related to the central nervous system (brain). Apart from the lower spine, the neck is also one of the parts that should not be rubbed. The front of the neck is forbidden to rub because it is in direct contact with our heart, while the back of the neck is directly related to the nerves of our brain.

In addition to the parts that need to be avoided during kerokan, we also need to know how to scrape properly and correctly. As previously explained, we can only rub between the back ribs. We should use a coin or soft rub device to avoid getting injured on the rubbed parts. For coins, for example, we can use a thousand-coin fractions. It should be noted, the coins must be clean or sterile. Do not forget, before kerokan, use oil or balm as a lubricant to avoid irritating the skin.

All those precautions are of course very different from what we have seen and done so far. Some people still do kerokan on the neck, both front and back. In addition, we often see kerokan marks on the front of the chest and abdomen. From now on, please avoid doing that anymore.