Cupping therapy is one of the important procedure of Complimentary medicine that has historically found evidence in Muslims & Chinese medicine. It is effective procedure of alternative medicine. It is simply understands as alternate to medicine for relief in variety of health care conditions

Furthermore Dry cupping is one of the latest modification of conventional cupping therapy that has nothing to harm human body with no risk of blood borne diseases. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction either static or dynamic mode. The suction may facilitate healing with blood flow with removal of waste products on desired body region.

Cupping facilitates in early recovery in acute spasmodic conditions especially in arthritic conditions & sports physical therapy.

The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders or the site of pain. Cupping therapy purposefully cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation.

Cupping therapy majority of time combined with mobilization with movement principles along with other intervention therapies like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, ultrasonic therapy , cryotherapy , exercise therapy etc.

Cupping therapy 

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The cups may be made of:

  • Glass
  • Bamboo
  • Earthenware
  • Silicone

Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

Types of Cupping:

There are two types of cupping,

  1. Dry cupping: Dry cupping is a manual therapy that involves positioning a cup on the skin and creating a vacuum to apply negative pressure. This negative pressure increases blood flow to the area to improve the blood circulation.
  2. Wet cupping: : It is mainly for systemic issue (problems related to body systems and visceras )


Uses of cupping:

  • Muscle pain and tension.
  • Reduced joint movement.
  • Back pain and sciatica.
  • Stress and anxiety.

Indication of cupping:


  • Back pain.
  • Knee pain.
  • Heaviness of head.
  • OA

Contraindication of cupping:

  • Unhealed wounds.
  • Hemophilia, leukemia
  • Fever
  • Sever anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Vasculitis