Man Digs Graves and Steals Skulls Which He Turns Into Concoction to Cure Daughter

A father of a girl with mental illness confessed to digging up graves of young women and taking their skulls in order to come up with a unique concoction was arrested by the police last month.

Apparently, the man ground the skulls into powder which he gave to his daughter suffering from mental illness. A report by Sina News claimed that the man had been doing the peculiar ritual after a quack doctor suggested that skull caps of young women could help heal mental illness.


The man allegedly forced his daughter to drink the ground powder mixed with water. But since the man began giving the homemade medicine to his daughter, her condition allegedly hasn’t improved.

In 2013, Chinese grave robbers made headlines after digging up corpses to sell as brides for “ghost marriages”, a tradition where dead single men are buried together with a wife. Four men had been sentenced to terms between 28 and 32 months for selling 10 dead brides.

PHOTO CREDIT: Shanghaiist

PHOTO CREDIT: Shanghaiist

What is traditional Chinese Medicine?

Based on tradition practiced more than 2,000 years ago, traditional Chinese medicine involves medicine practices including herbal medicine, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and dietary therapy which have been developed in China.

Widely used in China was well as other Western countries particularly the US and Europe, traditional Chinese medicine is used as a complementary alternative medicine.

Chinese scientist Youyou Tu is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing an effective antimalarial treatment derived from plant. Her accomplishment, which combined traditional medicine with recent scientific methods, has put the practice of traditional Chinese medicine under the spotlight and has given pride to Chinese medical experts who believe in traditional Chinese medicine.