Kremlin’s bizarre bloody bathing

Joy Ride
4 min readApr 3, 2022

Balneum animale in red deer’s blood

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The last time the medical community considered the benefits of bathing in animal blood was in 1848. Gray’s Supplement to the Pharmacopoeia mentioned a bizarre procedure “to transfer vitality from a killed animal to a human” by wrapping parts of the animal around the human. The young Kaiser Wilhelm II had left-arm palsied from birth and was given this treatment.

Now, these bizarre treatments are the Kremlin’s mainstream spa procedures.

In 1868, Chambers’s Encyclopædia suggested that animal blood baths were effective for lameness (change in gait, usually in response to pain somewhere in a limb). “A medicated bath is one in which medicated substances are mixed with water. This is one of the most important methods of medical art, bringing the remedies to bear upon the system. The medical substances used in 1868 were salt, soda, vinegar, wine, essential oils, and even animal milk, blood, bouillon of meat”, says Chambers’s Encyclopædia. Since 1868, no medical evidence in modern medicine exists that animal blood or blood products are beneficial for human health.

In 2010, Lady Gaga appeared in a meat suit stating one’s need to fight for what one believes in.


Nowadays even more bizarre are so-called therapeutic ‘blood bath’ treatments, a source of significant income and business in Russia. Owners are claiming miraculous benefits and cure-alls. Recent reports claimed President Putin and his close Kremlin circles use maral (red deer) blood treatments often to cure diseases, revitalize and keep young. Still, no published evidence of medical claims is available in reputable medical journals

Tulata is a rural locality and the administrative center of Tulatinsky Selsoviet, Charyshsky District, Altai Krai, Russia. The population was 728 as of 2013. is Tulata is home to online businesses selling Red Deer products. The products are all based on Maral (Red Deer) body parts: from dried blood to blood plasma soap, from antlers to horns. Pantocrin (deer antler extract) is claimed to stimulate sexual behavior. However, scarce testing was done in mice and…



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