Alternative medicine: an update on cupping therapy

QJM. 2015 Jul;108(7):523-5. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcu227. Epub 2014 Nov 15.


To know the research progress of cupping therapy all over the world, the authors analyze the research of cupping therapy in recent 5 years. It indicates that cupping therapy can be applied to extensive curable disease, but has poor clinical evidence. Some improvements in the mechanism research of cupping therapy have been made, but it needs further research. The adverse events of cupping therapy attract attention. The standardization of cupping therapy has emerged.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / adverse effects
  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
  • Acupuncture Therapy / standards
  • Biomedical Research / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans