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Indonesian track treatment

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People suffering from various ailments in Indonesia's capital Jakarta have been using an unusual and potentially deadly therapy.

They claim lying on train tracks allows an electric current to pass through their bodies curing a variety of illnesses.

The trains are in fact powered by overhead lines.

Despite this, and the obvious dangers, some people believe it is the best and most affordable remedy.

ailments

illnesses, usually not very serious

therapy

treatment for a medical problem

claim

say that something is true although it has not been proved and many people don't believe it

curing

making better, healing. The related noun is 'a cure'.

remedy

'a remedy' is something which helps a non-serious medical problem get better. It can also used to refer to a solution to a problem or difficult situation.

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

ailments / therapy / claim / curing / remedy

1
They _________ to be a variety of different nationalities and speak English with a foreign accent.

2
New European Union rules have come into force banning hundreds of traditional herbal _______________.

The EU law aims to protect consumers from possible damaging side-effects of over-the-counter herbal medicines.

3
It also showed that many chose the wrong drugs to tackle common _________.

4
Music __________ can be used to improve treatment of depression, at least in the short term, say researchers in Finland.

5
Church-appointed doctors agreed that there was no medical explanation for the _______ of the nun.

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claim

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remedies

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ailments

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therapy

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curing

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