What is Chinese Cupping?

Category: Procedures


Cupping is a method of treating disease that is caused by local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in a cupping jar, usually by means of heat, which is then applied directly to the skin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in shoulders 5 3
General health 3 2
Bronchitis 1 1
Fibromyalgia 1 1
Knots in muscles 1 0
Muscle pain 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 3
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Chinese Cupping

Side effect Patients
Bruising 4
Bruising on back 1
Skin pain 1


Based on patients currently having Chinese Cupping

Dosage Patients
daily 1
weekly 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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2 patient evaluations for Chinese Cupping

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2964 thumb
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:

See uschiw's full Chinese Cupping history

Nov 23, 2009 (Started Jan 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Walking problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Stiffness in legs)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 hr Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: i stopped, because treatments got too intense with my practitioner and recovery time was 2-3 days prior to feeling the improvements
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
6331 thumb
Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:

See ALS Boy's full Chinese Cupping history

Oct 18, 2008 (Started Sep 09, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Bruising on back)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 min Monthly
Side effects: Bruising on back

  • 0 helpful marks
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