Qi, Humors, and Cupping: Why Ancient Therapies Don’t Stand the Test of Time

The topic of cupping arose recently at work. As my new, emboldened self who has decided not to avoid uncomfortable topics, I made a suggestion: perhaps we should not be partaking in treatments that involve bruising or bloodletting with no scientific basis. My co-worker shrugged and said, “well it keeps coming back around.”

Many treatments have indeed stuck around — some even date back to ancient times. They have persisted across centuries or millennia, rising and falling in popularity with the times…