Doctor Fish

Middle Eastern Fish Spa Treatment


Are your feet feeling funky? Try new fast-acting FISH! That's right fish! To be precise Garra rufa or to use their common name Reddish Log Suckers. These small relatives of the carp spring from the Middle East where they have long been used as part of a spa treatment to control the symptoms of skin complaints like psoriasis and neurodermitis.

Garra rufa occurs in the river basins of the Northern and Central Middle East, mainly in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. It has been legally protected from commercial exploitation in Turkey due to concerns of overharvesting for export. Doctor Fish as they are known are toothless and suck the dead skin from the feet and body of bathers at the spas. Other fish such as Cyprinion macrostomus or Chin Chin Yu are used for similar treatments throughout China and the Far East.

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Doctor Fish are now available commercially thanks to a breeder in China. Dr Fish Spa is now available globally, as a franchise chain developed specially by FISHO.

In 2006, doctor fish spa resorts opened in Hakone, Japan, and in Umag, Croatia, where the fish are used to clean the bathers at the spa. There are also spas in resorts in China, such as Hainan and South Korea where there are a chain of cafes called Doctor Fish Cafe. Singapore has three locations offering the fish treatment, called Kampong Fish Therapy, Fish Reflexology and Fish Spa.

Dr. Fish Spa Franchise

Fish Suppliers

According to the Associated Press - John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon, in Alexandria, VA, 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far. He wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they're sanitary.

Ho believes his is the only salon in the country to offer the treatment, which costs $35 for 15 minutes and $50 for 30 minutes. The spa has more than 1,000 fish, with about 100 in each individual pedicure tank at any given time.

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