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Ceragem Therapy

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author image Jim Thomas
Jim Thomas has been a freelance writer since 1978. He wrote a book about professional golfers and has written magazine articles about sports, politics, legal issues, travel and business for national and Northwest publications. He received a Juris Doctor from Duke Law School and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Whitman College.
Ceragem Therapy
Ceragem sells heated massagers. Photo Credit Yellow Dog Productions/Lifesize/Getty Images

Ceragem sells heated massagers and distributes them in 50 or so countries. As of 2010, the Korean company was selling two models, the RH, and a deluxe model, C, which "incorporates massage and CERAGEN PRESSURE while Radiant Far-Infrared Heat is optimized using jade and Epoxy Carbon Panel." In 2005, distributors and franchise owners for the company were accused of defrauding Hispanic customers by touting its massagers as an effective treatment for all sorts of ailments, including cancer and heart disease.

Features

On the Ceragem web site, the company claims its massagers are effective for relieving stress, muscle pain, muscle stiffness and the aches associated with arthritis, and improving blood circulation. The web site also says that Ceragem massagers incorporate innovative features such as finger pressure, massage and moxibustion, which normally involves the burning of certain herbs. The site does not explain how these features work.

Therapy Claims

The Ceragem web site states, "Ceragem combines Eastern health techniques handed down from generation to generation with the most scientifically advanced medical breakthroughs of today. Experience this revolutionary Automatic Thermal Massager in the comfort of your home and share it with your family. Improve your overall well being with the Ceragem Automatic Thermal Massager."

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Claims by Distributors

A clinic in South Africa claimed that a 40 minute treatment on a Cenagem bed could cure any ailment, from cancer to hemorrhoids to AIDS. Ceragem International, the American arm of Cenagem, was charged with the unlawful marketing and sales of its massagers by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott after its franchise operators in a number of Texas cities claimed that Cenagem massagers could cure cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, and other serious diseases and conditions.

Therapeutic Value

The FDA has approved the Ceragem massagers for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, as well as pain associated with arthritis. But the FDA has never approved it for the extravagant medical claims described by the Texas Attorney General's undercover investigation in 2005, when presentations were made by distributors in Spanish to mostly Hispanic audiences. In the words of "The Skeptic Blacksheep" web site, "The only thing that the Ceragem bed can do is give you a warm massage, it cannot cure you of any medical problem."

Considerations

A Centagem massager can cost up to about $2,400. The company's web site does not make the extravagant and false health claims that its distributors have previously been charged with making. However, the Centagem web site does state that its massagers "increase blood circulation throughout the body, improving overall health." The evidence for that therapeutic claim appears to be lacking

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