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Cupping therapy may aid pain relief

Cupping therapy has some evidence of benefit for pain relief, but needs more rigorous investigation before it can be recommended for patients, UK and South Korean researchers report.

Their systematic review searched 14 journal databases and found seven suitable randomised clinical trials looking at pain reduction after cupping therapy.

Six showed significant benefits from cupping therapy, with two showing cupping had a significantly better effect than anticancer drugs and analgesics for trigeminal neuralgia.

Evid Comp Alt Med May 7, 2009; early online publication

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