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How Cupping Therapy Can Benefit your Personal Health

An antiquated Chinese technique called cupping is used to ease muscle tension, encourage blood and lymph circulation, aid in detoxification, and promote healing.

To disperse and break up congestion, we use suction devices made of small glass cups or bamboo jars to the skin. Diagnostic clues include the hue of the markings and their pace of fading. These serve as indicators of the person’s health.

What is Cupping Therapy?

In the traditional form of alternative medicine known as cupping therapy, a therapist applies special cups to your skin for a short period of time to create suction.

Cupping can be beneficial n terms of a form of deep-tissue massage and reduce pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, infertility, and overall well-being.

The cups may be made of:

  • Glass
  • Bamboo
  • Earthenware
  • Silicone

Though it may be popular right now, cupping therapy is nothing new. It has roots in Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Egyptian antiquity. The Ebers Papyrus, one of the world’s earliest medical texts, tells how Egyptians of 1,550 B.C. employed cupping therapy.


There are different methods of cupping, including:

  • Dry
  • Wet

Your therapist will light a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup during both types of cupping. As the fire is extinguished, they place the cup upside down on your skin.

A vacuum is produced as the air inside the cup cools. As your blood vessels expand, your skin rises and reddens. Generally, the cup is left in place for a maximum of 3 minutes. A more modern version of cupping creates the vacuum inside the cup using a rubber pump rather than fire. Therapists may use silicone cups that they can move around on your skin to create a massage-like effect.

By leaving a cup in place for about 3 minutes, wet cupping creates a mild suction. The therapist then removes the cup and makes light, tiny cuts on your skin with a small scalpel. They would apply the next suction to extract a small amount of blood. In your first session, you might get 3-5 cups. You could also just try one and see how it goes.

British Cupping Society mentioned that having more than 5-7 cups is uncommon. Following that, you may be given an antibiotic ointment and a bandage to prevent infection. In less than 10 days, your skin should be back to normal.

Is Cupping Therapy Scientifically Proven?

Researchers are looking into why and how cupping works. Numerous studies have found that cupping therapy can help with both localised and systemic conditions.

Cupping promotes peripheral circulation, boosts immunity, and relieves symptoms of issues such as ENT, according to the cupping theory. According to a 2017 academic study, cupping increases local blood flow and stretches underlying tissues by increasing their mechanical effect.

Many of the positive health effects attributed to cupping therapy may be explained by the activation of Heme oxygenase-1, a gene implicated in preventing blood vessel inflammation. According to the research, cupping may help to eliminate toxins by boosting immunity.