Acupunct Med 31:254 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2013-010331
  • Letter

Did dry cupping cause anaemia?

  1. Gustav Dobos3
  1. 1Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany
  3. 3Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Arya Nielsen, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, 245 Fifth Ave, 2nd FL, New York, NY 10016, USA; anielsen{at}
  • Received 11 February 2013
  • Accepted 18 February 2013
  • Published Online First 13 March 2013

In a September 2012 case report in this journal, Kim et al1 describe a 77-year-old woman who presented to their clinic with back and leg pain and a diagnosis of lumbar stenosis that had not responded to conventional conservative management or to repeated sessions of traditional Korean cupping therapy. The authors report that 3 months before their initial meeting with the patient she had had 30 sessions of dry cupping therapy and was subsequently treated for anaemia at another hospital. They assert that her anaemia was ‘…possibly associated with persistent blood loss …