Samuel Taylor, Jr. & Ivan Logan


A 26-year-old man with headache had striking circular, ecchymotic, symmetrical skin lesions over his back and recently had visited a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, cupping treats many pathological conditions caused by obstructed flow of qi, the “universal life energy” in all living things including air, water and sunlight. A flame inside the glass or bamboo cup creates a vacuum when placed on the skin, drawing blood to the surface to improve local blood and qi circulation through well-defined meridians and thereby restoring health and well-being. Cupping is a safe, non-invasive, and inexpensive alternative to acupuncture.