Scientists back caning
Russian scientists claim a beating on the naked buttocks with a cane is the perfect way to cure everything from depression to alcoholism.
Researchers at Novosibirsk say caning releases endorphins, the body's natural 'happy chemicals', Izvestia reports.
Endorphins lead to feelings of euphoria, a reduction of appetite, the release of sex hormones and an enhancement of the immune response.
They also have a similar effect on pain to drugs such as morphine and codeine, but do not lead to addiction or dependence.
The scientists, headed by Biologist Dr Sergei Speransky, claim corporal punishment similar to that doled out regularly in British schools in the last century helps people overcome addiction and depression.
Dr Speransky, of the Novosibirsk Institute of Medicine, said: "The treatment works. I'm not sadistic, at least not in the classical sense, but I do advocate caning."
The scientists recommend a standard treatment course of 30 sessions with 60 of the best, delivered on the buttocks by a person of average build.
Dr Marina Chuhrova who also took part in preparing the report said she had 10 patients she caned regularly.
She added: "At first they didn't like it, but when they started to feel the benefits they kept asking for more."
The Russian team says they are now charging for the caning sessions getting £57 per patient for a standard treatment.
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