Anaemia and skin pigmentation after excessive cupping therapy by an unqualified therapist in Korea: a case report

Kim KH1, Kim TH, Hwangbo M, Yang GY.
Acupunct Med. 2012 Sep;30(3):227-8. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2012-010185. Epub 2012 Jun 27.

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Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Korean Medicine Hospital, Pusan National University, Yangsan, South Korea.


A case is reported of skin pigmentation and associated anemia resulting from persistently repeated cupping therapies performed by an unqualified practitioner in South Korea. Almost 30 sessions of excessive cupping therapies with blood loss over two months yielded little benefit but led the patient to admit a hospital and receive blood transfusion for acquired iron deficiency anemia. Skin pigmentation on the cupping-attached region remained without any subjective discomfort. We suggest the importance of qualified health professionals when receiving cupping treatments.

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