Is this the 21st century, or what?

I got an email ad from the Mary Sue shop. I am very disappointed in them, and think they should be ashamed. It was an ad for this:

Jesus fuck. Cupping “therapy”?

This Premium 32-Piece Massage Cupping Therapy Set by Onetify contains high-quality plastic cups that can be used to treat several various ailments. Aiding in moving static blood, relieving pain, lymph, and toxins that are present in the body, these premium cups promote relaxation and healing from injuries and improves digestion, blood circulation, and respiratory issues. These massage cups provide you natural relaxation and healing at the comfort of your home.

• Massage & improve the treatment of several different ailments
• Promote relaxation & healing from injuries
• Improve digestion, blood circulation, respiratory issues & carpal tunnel syndrome detoxifacation
• Relieve pain, lymph & toxins that are present in your body

Note: The purpose of this unit is for relaxation and NOT for medical treatment of any kind. Please consult your doctor for medical advice, if needed

Madness. The first line says can be used to treat several various ailments, and at the end it says NOT for medical treatment of any kind. Make up your mind, you quacks. It’s for moving static blood…what the hell? That’s an imaginary ailment. If you’ve got static blood, cupping ain’t gonna help. I am also interested in the fact it relieves pain, lymph, and toxins. Is lymph now considered a bad thing?

Just the fact that it mentions toxins and detoxification tells me it’s garbage.

I think I once bought a USB flash drive from them — it was a good deal — and now I’m on their bullshit mailing list. I’m beginning to wonder if that drive is at all trustworthy.

No, I’m not going to spend $44 on your crap pseudoscience, The Mary Sue. You should be ashamed.


  1. cvoinescu says

    The full title of ISO 13485 is Medical devices — Quality management systems — Requirements for regulatory purposes. How the fuck does that apply to a device that is for relaxation and NOT for medical treatment of any kind?

  2. blf says

    At the opposite end of the rationality and sense scale, Dr Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science forums will probably be shut down:

    So, I’ll cut to the chase, the end is nigh for the forum.

    It’s got to the point where maintaining it has become increasingly difficult and I do not want to have an issue whereby there’s a breach exposing people’s personal information and passwords.

    If there are any takers for transferring its custodian to (AND ARE TRUSTED) then I might consider this, but as it stands, there’s no one, sorry. It won’t all get deleted immediately so if there is a way of resurrecting it, we’ll try.

    So the timeline is:

    – New signups will be disabled at the end of September
    – The forum will be retired at the end of 2019

    Sorry again, it’s a shame the information and community will go, but the risks outweigh the benefits IMHO.

  3. dianneleonard says

    My condolences. It’s amazing how people I don’t want to hear from and don’t agree with keep sending me emails. (Like Concerned Women for America, which I’ve never contacted, whose web site I’ve never accessed, but who send me at least two fundraising emails every day.) Who sold them my contact info? In order to get rid of them, I’d have to open their email, which I refuse to do on principle.

  4. John Morales says

    dianneleonard, you should be able to set message filter rules to automatically delete emails based on criteria such as the source or the subject line so that you never have to see them.

    (I can do it either via my email client or via settings from my ISP)

  5. auntbenjy says

    A cafe I frequent sometimes on Saturday mornings often has people showing up wearing activewear and their cupping bruises. All it says to me is “I have so much money, I can afford to waste it getting perfectly circular hickeys”.

  6. simonhadley says

    I had a session of this included in my physical therapy for a shoulder injury. I honestly couldn’t believe that the VA or Tri-West had approved this silly crap but there it was. I was unimpressed with them, to say the least.

  7. says

    This is really weird for me because I first ran into cupping in the BDSM scene. You know the first vibrators were intended for treatment of hysteria. Maybe people are just using them to get off?

  8. starskeptic says

    Oh, I uh, you know I don’t mean to embarrass you, but I’m rather a brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that lymph.
    What lymph?

  9. jack16 says

    Leeches can be useful.

    “lymph” could nymph have been misspelled?


  10. michaelumilik says

    We are living in the age of the vaginal jade egg in which anything can be a fact if you wish it so. Maybe you’re just not sufficiently detoxifacated to understand that.

  11. DLC says

    The woo-woos have infiltrated The Mary Sue ? They’re everywhere these days. The era of Trump has brought with it the era of No Critical Thinking.

  12. khms says

    #8 @Ray Ceey:

    This is really weird for me because I first ran into cupping in the BDSM scene. You know the first vibrators were intended for treatment of hysteria. Maybe people are just using them to get off?

    You do realize that the standard “treatment for hysteria” was to masturbate women (it was a women-only diagnosis), and someone decided to invent a machine for that? “Getting off” was always the whole point with those.

    I’ve never heard of cupping in that context, but who knows, what with rule 34 and stuff …