From today to the past: the cupping therapy as a form of alternative medicine


  • Tânia P. Batista Department of Medicine, Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu, Portugal
  • Paula F. Manuel Department of Medicine, Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu, Portugal
  • Eurico L. Oliveira Department of Medicine, Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu, Portugal



Cupping therapy, Pain, Burning


For thousands of years, the cupping therapy usually used as traditional treatment for pain relief and as cure of disease among its main purposes. We described a case of a 76-year-old male patient, who used the cupping therapy to symptomatic relief and home treatment for pneumonia. The patient showed clinical worsening, which lead him to the emergency room with a subsequent favourable clinical evolution after appropriate therapy.


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