A case study on a female Malay living in the UK with serious eczema was presented. Her parents believed that it was a condition called santau, a common cultural belief in South East Asian countries. Santau is believed as the insertion of poisonous materials into the victim’s body with the help of jinn. Santau is normally differentiated from other medical skin conditions by the rapid deterioration of the condition and rapid improvement after successful treatment. Her skin condition was intolerable after a trip to Malaysia. Unable to be admitted to hospital because of the pressure on hospital beds during the Covid-19 pandemic, she resorted to intensive multiple-day ruqyah therapy, a therapy based on the incantation of verses from the Quran. Remarkable improvement was observed after three days. Apart from delivering therapeutic outcome, ruqyah therapy as a Traditional and Complementary Medicine has its role in relieving the pressure on the mainstream health system especially in time of pandemic.
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