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What is cupping therapy?

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Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

From: Cupping Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

American Cancer Society: "Cupping."

Cao, J. , February 2012. PLoS ONE

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

SOURCES:

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

American Cancer Society: "Cupping."

Cao, J. , February 2012. PLoS ONE

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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