Electronic induction motor for Dry Cupping Vacuum Therapy

Made:
1980-1990 in Japan
maker:
Hitachi, Limited

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Single phase electronic induction motor, by Hitachi, Tokyo, for Dry Cupping Vacuum Therapy, with twenty glass cupping vessels of various grades, from the surgery of a British practitioner c.1996, unsigned, Japanese, 1980-1990.

Dry cupping stimulates the skin through suction while the skin remains unbroken. This electronic motor set was used for Dry Cupping Vacuum Therapy. It comes with 20 glass cupping vessels of varying grades. They were placed upon the skin. The appropriate amount of suction was then applied via the motor. Cupping was described as early as 281CE within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Cupping in TCM aims to aid the circulation of stagnant qi energy and remove toxins from the body. Hollowed animal horns were originally used. These were replaced over time by bamboo and glass cups. The apparatus was made by Hitachi in Japan. It shows how modern technology has been incorporated into traditional techniques.

Details

Category:
Asian Medicine
Object Number:
2002-479
Materials:
complete, glass, metal, plastic and rubber
Measurements:
cup: 148 mm x 60 mm, .2 kg
motor: 230 mm x 340 mm x 210 mm, 7.28 kg
type:
motor
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • medical instrument
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Kelley, R.