Chicken-blood therapy

Chicken-blood therapy was a form of pseudo-medical therapy popular in China during the Cultural Revolution. It was practised mainly by village doctors in the 1960s. It has been banned for official use by the government since July 1965.


The therapy consisted mainly of simply drawing blood from a rooster and injecting into the patients. Claimed benefits included making the patient highly aggressive and strong.

Government attitudeEdit

After learning of chicken-blood therapy, the Government of China initially banned the therapy; Premier Zhou En-Lai reportedly said that “The Central Ministry of Health’s handling of chicken blood therapy is a violation of Mao Zedong Thought.”[1] However, in 1967, the ban was lifted as part of the Cultural Revolution. Red Guards from Beijing and Shanghai jointly began encouraging the use of chicken-blood therapy as a legitimate cure.


  1. ^ Martinson, Joel (March 2011). "Injecting Chicken Blood". Danwei Media. Retrieved 2013-05-05.