Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).
Reasoning: Cupping practitioners claim that it works by creating hyperemia or hemostasis around a person’s skin. This means that it either increases or decreases a person’s blood flow under the cups. They also claim it can suck out toxins, thereby promoting health. The best way to describe it is by giving a hickey with a cup. There currently isn’t evidence that it works.
There is very little quality research on cupping, probably because it is an obvious scam. According to https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/cupping-olympic-pseudoscience/, “Cupping is a form of bloodletting.” They further state, “Cupping is no different than acupuncture, bloodletting, phrenology, or any other medical pseudoscience. The treatment is based in pre-scientific superstitions and has been rebranded to more effectively market the treatment to modern customers.”
- Cupping – Olympic Pseudoscience
- The Ridiculous And Possibly Harmful Practice Of Cupping
- The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action
Conclusion: Cupping Therapy is considered a form of quackery and superstition similar to bloodletting that has little to no evidence of effectiveness. The minor side effects of bruising are not worth it considering there is no benefit.