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Cupping: One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy as early as 1,550 B.C. One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, suction is used to create negative pressure and “pull” skin, tissue and muscle upward. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is often used to relieve back and neck pain, muscle stiffness, anxiety, and fatigue.
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