Monday, March 19, 2018

New published article: Cupping Therapy: An Overview from a Modern Medicine Perspective

Cupping Therapy: An Overview from a Modern Medicine Perspective


Cupping therapy is an ancient traditional and complementary medicine practice. Recently, there is growing evidence of its potential benefits in the treatment of pain-related diseases. This article gives an overview of cupping therapy practice. Furthermore, this article suggests a new classification of cupping therapy sets, a new classification of cupping therapy adverse events, and an updated classification of cupping therapy types.

Cupping Therapy Encyclopedia: New Edition 2018 - Paperback

Cupping therapy Encyclopedia 2018 Edition

This book describes the history, methods, and techniques of cupping therapy and provides practical guidelines for cupping therapy home use and professional practice. It provides a new classification of cupping therapy types, cupping therapy sets, and a classification of cupping therapy adverse events. It looks closely at issues of mechanism of action, side effects, treatment programs, and safety. It contains many clear illustrations and provides a practical guideline for treating many common diseases. It includes new scientific research and clinical examples. This book can serve as a useful reference for complementary and alternative medicine therapists, medical physicians, medical students, healthcare professionals, researchers, and people interested in natural health, integrative medicine, self-care, and treatment.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Is Cupping Therapy a pseudoscience?

Is Cupping Therapy a pseudoscience?


Wikipedia described cupping therapy as a pseudoscience. It also characterized acupuncture is a pseudoscience. But both clearly are not a pseudoscience. Dr Mike Cummings replied: ‘Acupuncture’ is clearly is not pseudoscience; however, the way in which it is used or portrayed by some may on occasion meet that definition. Acupuncture is a technique that predates the development of the scientific method.(1) 
And cupping which also stimulates acupoints, clearly not a pseudoscience. Its practice is dated back to over 3500 years and practiced by most of the human civilizations. So, it is unfair to called this ancient practice a pseudoscience. 
Dr Mike added: "It would be better to use a less pejorative classification within the bracket of history when referring to acupuncture and other ancient East Asian medical techniques. The contemporary use of acupuncture within modern healthcare is another matter entirely, and the fact that it can be associated with pre-scientific medicine does not make it a pseudoscience."(1)

Systematic reviews, clinical randomized clinical trials support the effectiveness and safety of cupping therapy.

In 2015 review of systematic reviews, the researchers concluded that: "Cupping may be beneficial for pain-related conditions such as: herpes zoster, low back pain, and other conditions like: acne, and facial paralysis.(2) and in 2016 systematic review, the researchers concluded: "Cupping can be used for musculoskeletal pain, neck pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, and brachialgia.(3)

1-Mike Cummings - Is acupuncture pseudoscience?

2-Cao, H., Han, M., Zhu, X., & Liu, J. (2015). An overview of systematic reviews of clinical evidence for cupping therapy. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences, 2(1), 3-10.

3-Al Bedah, A. M., Khalil, M. K., Posadzki, P., Sohaibani, I., Aboushanab, T. S., AlQaed, M., & Ali, G. I. (2016). Evaluation of Wet Cupping Therapy: Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22(10), 768-777.