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Arabic Cupping Therapy


I still don”t understand what”s so therapeutic about this. Sorta weird looking–let”s be safe and call this one NSFW.

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Date: 08/19/08 06:15 PM

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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    August 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    Link: Arabic Cupping Therapy - I still don`t understand what`s so therapeutic about this. Sorta weird looking--let`s be safe and call this one NSFW.
  2. Profile photo of Burnsy777
    Burnsy777 Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 5:12 pm
    Lets be safe? Oh my god, that was horrendous.
  3. Profile photo of spongamabob
    spongamabob Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:20 pm
    that`s sick, ugh. i can`t see how a huge hickey on your stomach and back can be therapeutic.
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    iluvfood Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm
    dude wtf is wrong with people
  5. Profile photo of landfritter
    landfritter Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:22 pm
    wow. in western medicine, we call that hemorrhaging. thats really bizarre. On a related note, I once had a glass bottle stuck to my face, and it started to bleed a little. It left a bruise o nmy face for about two weeks.
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    alice_x Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:24 pm
    what the hell... thats the....why the drat...im completly and utterly confused.
    ive never been so confused in my life!
  7. Profile photo of spongamabob
    spongamabob Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:25 pm
    landfritter. that reminds me of one time when i was a little kid i got a snapple bottle stuck to my lips. man did it hurt getting it off. haha. i will never forget that.
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    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:26 pm
    Sucking blood through the skin...no...that can`t be painful.
  9. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:26 pm
    Oh my god! That must hurt like a bitch! D:

    And it annoyed me how bad he was with the camera.

    D<

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    xskullkidx Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:28 pm
    that was so delicious
  11. Profile photo of FoodFiend
    FoodFiend Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:30 pm
    Why? Why would anyone in their right mind post this? I have a good idea! Post something funny or arousing. Or both...
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:30 pm
    That was so gross that I had to stop eating dinner. Thanks IAB. The new diet plan will work great. I`ll watch this before every meal.
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    White_Wolfos Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:31 pm
    O man.
    How is that kid not, like, screaming his head off in agony?
    Though there was that one time I suctioned a bottle-cap to my face and I didn`t feel a thing...
    Still, he was bleeding all over the place!
    Who came up with this?!
  14. Profile photo of risingflamez
    risingflamez Female 13-17
    649 posts
    August 19, 2008 at 6:34 pm
    wth? remember that post with the kid and when he skated, he just kinda exploded, it seemed like, and all of his limbs were everywhere and his face was all creepy and bloody.

    well this vid somehow reminded me of that.

    i don`t get this at all. i was txting someone and i looked up and was like "WTF!?" only, ya know, with words.. o_O strange...

  15. Profile photo of norwish
    norwish Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:35 pm
    Eww is /that/ what it looks like?

    I used to get that done all the time; I have some spine problems. Anyways, it just feels like somebody grabbing and/or pinching your skin. The bruises afterwards, however, are quite awful looking. But you`re left feeling quite wonderful. =)

  16. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm
    What`s the science behind it, Norwish?
  17. Profile photo of norwish
    norwish Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:39 pm
    I`m pretty sure it`s got something to do with blood flow and that sort of thing, Opie.
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    norwish Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm
    This probably explains it better than I did.
  19. Profile photo of FeeFee
    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    Norwish-

    Quote from that article...

    "The glass cups that were used on me were large ones and the vacuum created from each of them was, from memory, intense! I have a high tolerance for pain but even so, I was on the edge of screaming to have them removed. It was that unbearable."

    Of course, he goes on to say he`d do it again...but where is the wonderful sensation you were talking about? Haha

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    maceizballin Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    aw man. have fun getting rid of that hickey lol
  21. Profile photo of FeeFee
    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:47 pm
    ^^ Well...not article...comments...whatever
  22. Profile photo of Spinner
    Spinner Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm
    WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!!?!?!?!?
  23. Profile photo of Harkannin
    Harkannin Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm
    Well, I guess I have to start explaining things. This was used in western medicine as well as all other forms of medicine we know. Phlebotomists used to do it here in Canada. Even Gwyneth Paltrow had it done. I do this using traditional Chinese methods and the purpose is circulate blood and remove pathogens. It actually feels like a reverse massage if done properly, and it can be very effective for varicose veins. http://metroacupuncturenyc.com/Blog/
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    ichirei Female 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:10 pm
    dear god, i almost chucked
  25. Profile photo of kaseyface
    kaseyface Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:13 pm
    I saw this on Globe Trekkers, but that person didn`t bleed like that... I don`t know if it`s supposed to draw blood.... ouch.
  26. Profile photo of norwish
    norwish Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    "Of course, he goes on to say he`d do it again...but where is the wonderful sensation you were talking about? Haha"

    Maybe the person was doing it wrong...? I unno, it never hurt me. A pinch at most. =/

  27. Profile photo of DragonWinter
    DragonWinter Female 13-17
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:20 pm
    When they removed the cup from his back, there was this large bulb of what looked like coagulated blood. Was that what it was?
  28. Profile photo of monsterzero
    monsterzero Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:23 pm
    I had this done to me when i was a young boy.
    Not only in Arabic cultures but in Mediterranian and Chinese cultures as well.
    It doesn`t hurt really.
    It was done to me by my grandmother to draw out a high fever and it does work.
  29. Profile photo of monsterzero
    monsterzero Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:27 pm
    BTW, I didn`t bleed, Not sure if your supposed to bleed....
  30. Profile photo of neoretro
    neoretro Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:35 pm
    looks like it improves circulation
  31. Profile photo of Mitchster
    Mitchster Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:38 pm
    It has nothing to do with therapy -- it actually makes drinking easier for vampires. Hehe :P
  32. Profile photo of Harkannin
    Harkannin Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:43 pm
    Yes, sometimes bleeding is done on purpose.
  33. Profile photo of lokey7
    lokey7 Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm
    It looks like a bug of some sort. There was something in the front cup to. Maybe thats why he`s bleeding.
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    Flawlessvoid Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 8:10 pm
    that`s what people do to kill time between their special ed classes and AA meetings. Christ, that`s sick.
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    pfkdxius Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 8:13 pm
    haha, farting noise ftw
  36. Profile photo of Harkannin
    Harkannin Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 8:15 pm
    Yes, sometimes bleeding is done on purpose.
  37. Profile photo of Space_girl
    Space_girl Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm
    it`s like a giant bloody hicky. grossss
  38. Profile photo of ThursdayLark
    ThursdayLark Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 8:39 pm
    Yeah. All the points I was thinking of making were made already but I`ll add it in there anyways.

    Not only in Arabia.
    Done in Eastern Asia.
    Done to increase the blood flow to the specified areas.
    Not actually as gross as it may seem.

    =/

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    pianoguyman Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm
    Nice way to blow your money... that`s all there is to it. There is no research done to see if this is actually effective. You feel great due to a combination of placebo effect and your body realizing that you are being harmed and releasing endorphines. Save your money and punch yourself in the arm for a while while watching Mr. Miagi from karate kid and you`ll get the same effect.
  40. Profile photo of Sorrysota
    Sorrysota Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2008 at 9:18 pm
    I GOT IT THEY ARE JAPANESE!!!! They want the flag for the Olimpics.....
  41. Profile photo of PopeBenedict
    PopeBenedict Male 70 & Over
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    August 19, 2008 at 11:51 pm
    made it about 40 secs into the video... wft and who gives a crap? crap!!! I am still bored. dammit
  42. Profile photo of Filipino916
    Filipino916 Male 18-29
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    August 20, 2008 at 2:29 am
    I remember my mother went to a licensed Vietnamese Doctor to get Cupping done. It actually lifts some of the muscles in her back to let fresh blood flow to the area where pain affects her the most.
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    powpowking Male 13-17
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    August 20, 2008 at 3:25 am
    definitely a "noo problem"
  44. Profile photo of Baelzar
    Baelzar Male 40-49
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    August 20, 2008 at 4:58 am
    Welcome back to the middle ages.

    Next up? LEECHES.

  45. Profile photo of Overmann
    Overmann Male 18-29
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    August 20, 2008 at 5:35 am
    Stupid nonsensical Arabs.
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    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    August 20, 2008 at 7:30 am
    slap him on the back for being a goodboy. Cheers for the links informative.
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    Adoras Male 18-29
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    August 20, 2008 at 7:47 am
    i think its safe to say these people dont have noo-problems
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    Newt74 Male 18-29
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    August 20, 2008 at 7:48 am
    Gross
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    dave32891 Male 18-29
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    August 20, 2008 at 8:27 am
    what`s with the random website ad placement in the middle of the video.
    At least i know what site not to go to
  50. Profile photo of IRockYeah
    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    August 20, 2008 at 9:26 am
    Did anyone else notice the :o) smiley on the kids back when the jar was taken off?



    or is is the face of jesus again?

  51. Profile photo of chaitanya
    chaitanya Male 40-49
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    August 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm
    haha lol

    at Did anyone else notice the :o) smiley on the kids back when the jar was taken off?

    or is is the face of jesus again?

    i wonder if thats what they do for the stings in giant mosquito movies.

  52. Profile photo of lossof_life
    lossof_life Female 13-17
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    August 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    Oh, no no no. I do not like that one bit.
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    janshim Male 30-39
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    August 20, 2008 at 11:18 pm
    My blog (SHIMWORLD) picked up quite a bit of traffic from this site so I decided to drop in and say HI :) Yes, I am planning my next cupping session in the next couple of weeks at the same place I`ve always had mine done. And NO, the pain is not because they "did it wrong" but rather the pain is typically caused by the "amount of wind" that needs removing hence the bigger the cups used, the more intense the pain.

    I don`t know why people pay so much attention to the pain instead of the good that cupping brings. And the non-Chinese practitioners of cupping are very worried that my photographs "give the wrong" impression and scare their potential clients away. I report as it is and Chinese believe the use of pain to alleviate pain. The English speaking community knows this as "fighting fire with fire" or "tit for tat"

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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    August 21, 2008 at 10:16 am
    I see. And the fact that it`s complete bull$hit and you are a fraud and a charlatan taking sick people`s money doesn`t bother you in the slightest?
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    bustamovexxx Female 18-29
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    August 21, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    F.CK!
    that is just sick.
    it looks like there`s a brain coming out of his body.
  56. Profile photo of janshim
    janshim Male 30-39
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    August 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    "I see. And the fact that it`s complete bull$hit and you are a fraud and a charlatan taking sick people`s money doesn`t bother you in the slightest?"

    Was this for me (I hope not). I am a photographer not a therapist although many people find looking at photographs therapeutic (although I must admit looking at these ones wouldn`t help!).

    We professional photogs shoulder the weight of heavy cameras all day along and over time the body accumulates much of pain from the daily grind. As I`ve said in the post, it`s hardly necessary to have cupping done all the time when a good strong massage suffice. Cupping is used in addition to massage at the discretionary advice of the masseur. It is not compulsory, they do not force it on their clients and you most certainly can refuse it.

  57. Profile photo of xtreme_dude
    xtreme_dude Male 18-29
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    August 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm
    Vomits...OH GOD!!!

    oh and This

  58. Profile photo of DeFxZ459
    DeFxZ459 Male 13-17
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    August 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm
    this is used on people with high blood pressure and the veins and arteris constrict nerves causing pressure points it takes out blood and relives it i think

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