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Cupping

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Reviewed/Revised Dec 2023
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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.

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The following English-language resource may be useful. Please note that THE MANUAL is not responsible for the content of this resource.

  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): Cupping

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