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Woman Performs Cupping Therapy on Herself, Fails Miserably


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    A woman’s attempt to perform a cupping therapy session by herself in China ended in a disaster that involved firefighters being called in.

    According to local reports, the unnamed woman did her self-cupping therapy inside a shopping mall in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province.


    Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine which involves drawing the skin tissue into a cup placed on a targeted area by creating a partial vacuum.


    The procedure, which is said to be effective in cleansing the body through the organs and improving the flow of qi, is also believed to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

    However, instead of therapeutic relief, the woman began to feel a great deal of painful pressure about 10 minutes in. When she had difficulty removing the cup from her back, she called the fire department for help, reports Shanghaiist

    In a video clip posted on Chinese social media, the woman is shown being aided by the firefighters.

    The rescuers bore a hole into the glass cup, loosening its suction grip on the woman’s skin.

    After the cup was removed, the woman was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

    While a popular practice in many parts of Asia, the traditional Chinese healing remedy has been characterized by Western medicine as a pseudoscience.

    Featured image via YouTube / Netizen Watch

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