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Cupping today


More and more people in the Western world are turning to ancient techniques of Chinese medicine after conventional medical treatments fail them.

Cupping therapy gains popularity as a complementry of alternative medical practice. The following is a world wide review illustrate the use of cupping all over the world countries

In China

Traditional Chinese medicines TCM practitioners and naturopathic physicians still use cupping all the time.


In Germany

In Germany between 1987 to 1992, some 32 to 64% of patients with chronic polyarthritis had tried cupping s one of the unconventional procedures for treatment

In united states

In united states cupping is now gaining much publicity in the united states. As a resulth of hight demand by public for cupping therapy, academic course are being taughts in medical schools as a form of complementry medicines.

"I have been practicing TCM for 10 years and it is hard to believe my eyes have been opened so widely to the practice of cupping. Clinic is going to look a lot different from now on!" Dr Michael Max Lic Ac, Herbalist & author
(from the 2008 cupping workshop held in the USA).

The first class I did with Bruce was the Western Tradition Cupping Workshop and had such outstanding results in conjunction with massage on the elite athletes I treat, that I then did the Eastern Tradition and the Gua Sha Day. Bruce’s vast knowledge on these subjects is second to none and I highly recommend his courses. Cupping and Gua Sha have both been fantastic on the athletes. They are completely sold on both!! It saves my hands as well". Heather Deller, official massage therapist for the Great Britain Olympic Cycling Team, US, T- Mobile, the Women’s Professional Cycling Team and Chinese, Giant Bicycles, Women’s Professional Cycling Team.


In Australia

Cupping is getting very popular in Australia. There are many organizations who are providing excessive training for cupping. Bruce Bentlay says it all.

"There is no doubt that Bruce Bentley is the foremost international expert on the history and practice of cupping in different cultures around the world, having spent 30 years in a dozen countries studying the range of techniques." - Steven Clavey, Editor of The Lantern: An International Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In 1996 Bruce completed his thesis for a Masters Degree in Health Studies (Latrobe University) titled ‘Cupping as Therapeutic Technology’. In this thesis Bruce examined the Western tradition of Cupping from early Egyptian and Greek times up until the 1880's, when the emerging scientific medical fraternity began a process whereby all prevously held medical beliefs and practices were criticised and discredited in order to gain medical dominance. As part of this thesis, Bruce also interviewed many European practitioners of cupping residing in Australia. The following year he visited the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra to observe how the massage therapists there, employ cupping to treat sports injuries and enhance performance. Midway through 1998, Bruce spent three months in Europe and North Africa. The first month was devoted to archival research at the Welcome Institute for the History of Medicine (the world’s premier library and research centre for medical history), London, and the Department for the History of Medicine at Rome University. For the remaining two months he travelled to Sicily, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia learning local cupping traditions. Since then, he has continued to do much research on the practice. The Western cupping workshop is designed to re-introduce practitioners to this 'lost' legacy, as well as to introduce new practices based on modern innovations and clinical practice.



In Finland

The ministry of social affairs and health recognisez the increasing contrudution of complenmentry /atleranative therapies to the finnish health care system among the older rural finnis massage, bonesetting and cupping are very popular.

In Vietnam

In Vietnam there is official recognition for a number of traditional therapies including cupping, medication made from plants and animals, massages. Acupuncture. And thread embedding.



Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan; she was photographed at a New York film premiere in 2004 with large circles on her back, which can happen after a curative session of cupping. Geri Halliwell, Kate Moss and Paris Hilton have also been seen with the tell-tale giant spots.


Gwyneth Paltrow caused a stir at a New York film premiere this week in a low cut top revealing a back covered in large circular bruises.
At first glance they looked like large love bites, but in fact they were caused by a form of alternative therapy.
Gwyneth had cupping, a kind of acupuncture.
It involves placing heated cups over the skin to encourage blood flow and ease stress, aches and pains.

Gwyneth Paltrow includes cupping as one of the many alternative therapies she uses.


Chinese swimmer Wang Qun was doing some last minute training in Beijing with marks left by cupping - a Chinese medicine technique to relieve ailments including back neck and shoulder pain.

Wang Qun's cupping marks are clear to see while she trains at the National Aquatics Centre with just a few days to the games to go.

The swimmer limbers up at the pool following her treatment. The technique is said to help shoulder pain which swimmers in particular can be susceptible to


Stephanie Rice

It’s been an amazing couple of weeks of Olympics and all Australian athletes can be proud of their achievements. And the spot light has certainly been on the record-breaking Stephanie Rice.
Apart from the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies, the Chinese has certainly made the world aware of their sporting ability topping the Gold medal tally and finished with a total number of medals at the symbolically significant number of 100.
But this post is not about China and how their athletes have performed, it’s about the now glamour girl of Australia, Stephanie Rice.
Her new world record in the 400m and 200m individual medley along with her gold medal in the 4 x 200m freestyle team event has made her the pin up girl of Australia.
All that aside, my research staff came across this photo of Rice from a link on the Daily Telegraph article about Stephanie Rice.

Stephanie Rice file photo after under going cupping therapy.

I wouldn't have had such a dramatic procedure performed on my body, just days before the biggest competition of my life.



Tim Handley had conventional acupuncture and cupping therapy for a painful shoulder.
He told BBC News Online: "I had four treatments and it really knocked it on the head. It was brilliant. After the first time I had it I felt absolutely fantastic. The difference was so tangible. It was wonderful.
"It felt quite strange because the suction was enormous. It was intense but not painful. You could feel the blood being drawn into the muscle."
"It looked hilarious. They were deep purple, amazing bruises. But it's not damage as such. They are 'healthy bruises' and they disappeared very quickly - within a week. I would have it done again."



Scientific community reacts to cupping

For an operation with about 5000 years history, cupping attracted little attention in recent histrois accounts of medicine

Current clinical researchers use cupping when it seems necessary to reduce iron levels temporarily in the blood. A report from a meeting on digestive diseases in may of 1999 fir example suggests that lower serum iron levels in patients with untreated hepatitis c virus respond better to interferon.1 cupping is also practiced at Harvard medical school and johns Hopkins medical center two of the most prestigious medical centers in the world.

In both America and Europe, the education of the complementary /alternative therapiost has taken on to new meaning . as a result of the high demand by the public for CAM academic courses are being taught in medical schools. 60% of medical schools in USA have begun t4eaching CAM. Also classes are now advertised in most towns in the UK. There are specialists cupping practitioners in Europe united states and china ,
In addition there are specialist cupping practitioners in Japan . cupping is also still practiced by different people if various nationalities it remained popular especially in rural areas


There have certainly been satisfied customers for 3,000 years

Professor Edzard Ernst, University of Exeter

Mike O'Farrell, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council said: "Although cupping does leave noticeable marks that can look alarming, it is not painful during or after treatment.

"This is a successful method as seen by the thousands of patients who use it. However, as with all medical treatments it is important to seek out a registered practitioner."

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