cup·​ping | \ ˈkə-piŋ How to pronounce cupping (audio) \

Definition of cupping

: an operation of drawing blood to the surface of the body by use of a glass vessel evacuated by heat

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Recent Examples on the Web Health: Alternative self-care practices (acupuncture and cupping) will intrigue you. Bethany Heitman,, "Aquarius Horoscopes: What 2020 Has in Store for You," 1 Jan. 2020 Traditional full-body gua sha, which is more like a sports massage, can produce cringe-worthy results (imagine the aftereffects of cupping, where there is an abundance of bruising and redness). Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "What is gua sha? The trendy skin care tool dominating Instagram, explained," 30 Dec. 2019 In fact, some shops offer cuppings, like wine tastings, to allow drinkers to explore the varying acidity and brightness and hints of blueberry, perhaps, or chocolate. Christina Tkacik,, "Baltimore is experiencing a coffee renaissance. Here are seven coffee shops you should try.," 22 Oct. 2019 Unusual tire wear, such as cupping/scuffing, can result from inconsistent road contact. Brad Bergholdt,, "Under the Hood: Replacing struts not a job for inexperienced home mechanic," 11 Oct. 2019 As part of her multistep skin care routine before bed, Ms. Panton does facial cupping, for better circulation, and ends with the facial-massage technique gua sha, pushing a hard, curved tool around the contours of her face for lymphatic drainage. Kate Carraway, New York Times, "Improve Your Bedtime Routine With These Five Luxurious Tips," 15 Oct. 2019 The ten-day festival features a professional coffee cupping contest, Kona coffee recipe contest, lantern parade, and more. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "These are the 7 best fall festivals in the United States," 15 Oct. 2019 Think of it as the Bay Area’s first coffee education center, with a roasting lab, brewing lab and cupping room to bring you closer to the world’s most ritualistic beverage. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "How East Bay specialty coffee importer Royal Coffee is bringing transparency to the industry," 4 Sep. 2019 Also an ancient Chinese massage therapy, cupping, or myofascial decompression, uses a suction cup-like tool increase blood circulation. Julie Mazziotta,, "Kaley Cuoco Gets Cupping and Scraping Therapy After Her Workout Leaves Her ‘Absolutely Wrecked’," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of cupping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“Cupping.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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Medical Definition of cupping

1 : a technique formerly employed for drawing blood to the surface of the body by application of a glass vessel from which air had been evacuated by heat to form a partial vacuum
2 : a concave depression in a body organ also : the formation of such a depression

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