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There’s a say­ing in China cred­ited to the fa­mous al­chemist and herbal­ist Ge Hong (A.D. 283-343) that with “acupunc­ture and cup­ping, more than half of the ills cured.” Cup­ping ther­apy has roots in an­cient Chi­nese medicine, first used as a sup­ple­men­tary method in tra­di­tional Chi­nese surgery, though many be­lieve it ex­tends fur­ther still to 1500 B.C. Egypt where the prac­tice is de­picted in hiero­glyph­ics. Used mostly to treat boils be­fore wide­spread ben­e­fits were dis­cov­ered, the ther­apy orig­i­nally ap­plied cat­tle horns and cross sec­tions of bam­boo be­fore glass cups were es­tab­lished. The ap­pli­ca­tions were ei­ther boiled in wa­ter, or a small fire was lit and then ex­tin­guished in­side the cups in or­der to cre­ate a suc­tion that would ad­here to skin. Cup­ping is main­stream, thanks to celebrity users such as Gwyneth Pal­trow and Michael Phelps.

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