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Cupping

Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient’s skin, used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves placing glass, plastic, or bamboo cups on the skin. The therapy is used to relieve what is called “stagnation” in TCM terms, and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Cupping is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain.