TCM 101: Cupping

When she heard about my plan to get cupped, my old battleaxe of a language tutor was furious. “How can you make games of this? This is not a game! It’s serious!” And serious, it is. But it’s also pretty damn cool. Cupping draws bad blood to the surface, stimulating blood flow and qi. In the summer, you see huge black welts on men’s bare backs and women’s upper necks throughout China. Apparently, they last for days.

Well, I felt like I needed a good qi fix, so headed to the local “all things TCM” clinic, where a dizzying menu of medical choices left plenty of new TCM ground to be covered in the months ahead. But first… the cups!


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