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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After some gentle facial cupping and the application of more potions, my time at 57 Wimpole is done. Catherine Hong, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer's Facialist Reveals Her Secret to Beautiful Skin," 14 Apr. 2019 This treatment, at one of Seattle’s best spas, includes cupping and lymphatic-drainage massage to improve circulation and reduce bloating and swelling, plus 30 minutes in an Infrared Jade Pod to sweat out the last of the toxins. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "Overstressed? 15 wellness trends to help you relax," 3 July 2018 In 2015, Julia Peixoto Peters and her husband, Jeff, opened a coffee shop in downtown Chandler, roasting single-origin coffee and espresso beans, utilizing a rigid coffee cupping and evaluation process. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Where to get your caffeine fix in Phoenix when Starbucks stores close on May 29," 28 May 2018 Get serious about coffee by booking a private cupping session. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the best Indianapolis food and drink events in May," 23 Apr. 2018 What follows next is a modern menu customized for the client’s needs: inflammation-reducing LED light therapy, antibacterial oxygen blasts, and even depuffing facial cupping (which, unlike its bodily counterpart, leaves no telltale purplish marks). Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This 2-Hour Skin Treatment is the Ultimate Spring Reboot—and It’s Going Viral," 30 Mar. 2018 Luck was involved, sure, but a diet, training and recovery regimen that included acupuncture, cupping, cold tubs and liver shakes helped, too. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Receiver Christian Kirk ready 'to be one of the top guys' in the NFL," 7 Mar. 2018 To that end, the business will be offering occasional classes and cuppings (tastings) throughout the year. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Form & Function Coffee debuts in The Fowler | Idaho Statesman," 12 Jan. 2018 But the school still boasts a lengthy menu of other questionable therapies, such as detoxification (which is only truly useful if you have been poisoned or have liver and/or kidney failure) and cupping (which is backed by little evidence). Ars Technica, SELF, "This Med School Just Quietly Cut Homeopathy From Its List of Services," 2 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of cupping

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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cupping glass

cup plant

cup plate

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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