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Cupping treatment is a type of Chinese medicine, though it was also common in Ancient Greece and Egypt. At present, cupping treatment is gaining popularity among Western countries.

Typically, cupping therapy involves a small container or cup made of glass or similar material. The practitioner places the cup in an inverted position over the skin. When heat is introduced to the outside the cup, a vacuum starts to develop.

The vacuum pulls the skin upward, increasing the blood circulation in this area. Traditionally, these cups were made by cutting up the sections of bamboo. Today, there are different types of cups available for cupping therapy.

Listed below are prominently used cupping methods.

Types of Cupping

During the past few years, different types of cupping have emerged. This development relates to the myriad requirements of each patient. Cupping therapy appears identical to acupuncture in many ways.

For instance, it helps regulate blood pressure and the flow of energy throughout the body. The theory behind cupping and acupuncture suggests that by stimulating the pressure points of a body, we can remove hurdles in the flow of energy or fluids.

Each type of cupping therapy is slightly different in terms of the procedure followed. However, the desired outcome is always the same.

Dry Cupping


Many practitioners utilize this type of cupping method. The vacuum is created by either placing the flame near the open part of the cup or by burning the thread attached to the cup.

After heating the cup to the required temperature, the vacuum starts to develop in the cup. This vacuum pulls the skin upward.

Needle Cupping

Needle cupping involves the use of acupuncture needles while performing cupping treatment. First, the therapist inserts the needles into the skin, then places the cup over it. This therapy offers the benefits of both acupuncture and cupping.

Wet Cupping

Also known as Hijama, wet cupping therapy is applied after dry cupping. After applying dry cupping for five minutes, the practitioner will create small incisions in the respective area. Cups are then once again placed over the affected area.

Due to the suction, blood will start to flow out of the skin. This type of cupping is used to treat a wide range of ailments or disorders. Most practitioners use this therapy only after obtaining their patient’s permission.

Massage Cupping

During this type of cupping therapy, the practitioner moves the cups over the affected area. This gives the combined benefits of massage and cupping.  Massage cupping is helpful in releasing myofascial stress.

Silicone Cupping

Silicon cupping involves the use of flexible silicone cups instead of glass cups. Some patients prefer this method as it helps reduce the bruising that usually appears after cupping treatment.

Fire Cupping

While applying fire cupping therapy, the practitioner soaks a cotton ball in alcohol and then ignites it. When this fiery ball is placed near the cup, the inside air starts to compress. This leads to the production of a vacuum, which is essential for performing cupping therapy.

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