What is Cupping Therapy? Discover the effects and benefits of it

Cupping Therapy is the most famous therapy in China. Here are its types, side effects, and benefits.

What is Cupping Therapy? Discover the effects and benefits of it
Read the benefits and effects of Cupping Therapy.

Cupping therapy is identified as the most ancient form of alternative medicine. In this method, the therapist is putting special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People use it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and also as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The cups may be made of:


There are different methods of cupping, including


Dry cupping is just a suction-only method.

Wet cupping involves both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

During both types of cupping, your therapist will put a flammable substance like alcohol, herbs, or paper in a cup and set it on fire. After the fire goes out, he/she puts the cup upside down on your skin.
Wet cupping leads to mild suction if you leave the cup in a particular place for about 3 minutes. The therapist then removes the cup and actually uses a small scalpel to make light, tiny cuts on your skin. Next, he/she does a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

Side Effects

Cupping is the safest technique is performed by a well-trained health professional. But there are chances of side effects in the area where the skin is touched through cups:

  1. Mild discomfort
  2. Burns
  3. Bruises
  4. Skin infection


Muscles get loose due to suction and a high amount of pressure. It may result in blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for good high blood pressure). Cupping is also used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.