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Cupping

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Last full review/revision Sep 2018| Content last modified Sep 2018
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The air inside a cup is heated, often using a rubber pump in modern practice. The heated cup is immediately inverted and placed on the skin. The resulting vacuum sucks the skin partway into the cup, which may be left in place for several minutes.

Cupping will redden and may burn the skin.

Reference

  • 1. Cao H, Li X, Liu J: An updated review of the efficacy of cupping therapy. PLoS One 7(2):e31793, 2012. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031793.

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