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How old is cupping therapy?

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Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

SOURCES:

British Cupping Society: "A Brief Overview of Cupping Therapy," "Al-Hijamah Cupping Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Cupping."

Cao, J. PLoS ONE, February 2012.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 15, 2020

SOURCES:

British Cupping Society: "A Brief Overview of Cupping Therapy," "Al-Hijamah Cupping Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Cupping."

Cao, J. PLoS ONE, February 2012.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 15, 2020

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