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Itaino Itaino Tondeike! (Pain, Pain, Go Away!)

  • In Japan, when children fall down or get injured, their parents often say “itaino itaino tondeike~,” (pain, pain, go away~) while rubbing the affected area.


    This act is often thought as a kind of charm, but it seems to have actual effects.

    According to a study at Gunma University, the act of rubbing could promote the restoration/regeneration of your peripheral nerves.

    In addition, since children can feel their parents’ love, their fears of injury disappear, and the pain seems to be allowed relief indirectly.

    Also, it is said that placebo effects by what the words mean could affect the pain.

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