Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, (TCM) it involves placing glass or bamboo cups on the skin by creating a suction from some kind of heating element. This therapy relieves congestion or "stagnation" in TCM terms and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma. Cupping also is to treat back, neck, and other regions for musculoskeletal pain. Cupping was made "famous" in 2004 when the actress Gwyneth Paltrow was having her back cupped on the "Early Show" on CBS with Harry Smith

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