Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice that dates as far back as 341 A.D. The treatment was practiced by Taoist alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong. It was used to drain pustules and later to treat pulmonary tuberculosis or similar disorders.
Today it is thought of as alternative medicine, and used for a variety of reason, most recently by athletes, like Michael Phelps, in the 2016 Olympics for performance enhancement.
At Rosomoff Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, cupping is used as part of the non-narcotic program for pain management and rehabilitation. Our own Dr. Shaun Corbett, Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services and Ira Kutner, Acupuncture Physician, were recently interviewed by Kristi Krueger, an award-winning medical reporter for WPLG Local 10 in Miami.