Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) cupping therapy is meant to help tissues release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, stimulate blood circulation and relieve muscle and joint pains.  But the availability of do-it-yourself cupping therapy sets require the public understand the risks, a spokesman from the consumer council declared.

Cupping therapies appear simple enough: Putting cups on ailing parts of the body, with the rim to the skin; creating a vacuum inside the cup through burning or suctioning out the air. Leaving the cups attached for a while causes the vacuum effect to draw blood to the area, for the purpose of encouraging local healing.

Accidents have happened. Some patients have suffered serious burns. (adapted from China Daily –link)

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