the process of drawing blood from the body by scarification and the application of a cupping glass, or by the application of a cupping glass without scarification, as for relieving internal congestion or for loosening and stimulating the muscles.
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How to use cupping in a sentence
One form of cupping – wet cupping – involves piercing the skin to bleed the area and remove stagnant blood and toxins.Why Olympic athletes love cupping and other alternative therapies | Nicholas B. Tiller | August 6, 2021 | Quartz
Those blemishes were the work of cupping, an alternative therapy in which small glass cups are placed on the skin at sites of injury or soreness, and used to create suction that stimulates “energy flow.”Why Olympic athletes love cupping and other alternative therapies | Nicholas B. Tiller | August 6, 2021 | Quartz
Photographed by Steven Meisel, the shoot features Bündchen in the throes of a blood facial and butt-cupping therapy.Gisele Gets a Vampire Facial in Vogue; Gucci Makeup May Be On Its Way | The Fashion Beast Team | June 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She told me this and then leaned forward, cupping her chin in her hands, and went quiet again.The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
Its precipitation is when it is turned inside out like a purse, and hangs out between the thighs, like a cupping glass.
Her legs must be put out quite straight and laid together, and apply six cupping glasses to her breast and navel.
Apply cupping glasses to the stomach and also to the navel, especially if the swelling be flatulent.
Apply cupping glasses to the shoulders and ligatures to the arms, and if this be not effective, open the liver vein in the arm.
British Dictionary definitions for cupping
med archaic the process of applying a cupping glass to the skin
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