Cupping Therapy: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Cupping therapy is a relatively new form of treatment, and there is still much to learn about its benefits. If you are considering cupping therapy as a treatment option, be sure to speak with your therapist to ensure that the procedure is right for you.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy has been used for centuries to treat various health conditions, from migraines to arthritis. It is a technique that uses suction cups to create a vacuum effect on the skin, which draws out toxins and impurities and improves circulation.

There are several types of cupping therapy. The most common is wet cupping, which uses sterilized glass cups and a flame to create suction on the skin. Dry cupping uses heated cups that are placed directly on the body to create suction. The suction in cupping therapy draws blood and other fluids from the tissues, which helps to relieve pain, improve circulation and remove toxins. The vacuum effect also increases pressure around the cup, which stimulates nerve endings in the skin. This can cause mild stinging or burning sensations that some people find uncomfortable but others say feels well.

Cupping therapy is often used to treat muscle pain, back pain and joint pain. It’s also commonly used by athletes to improve range of motion and speed recovery time after workouts. It can be done on the body or head, and it is typically performed in a session that lasts around 45 minutes.

What Are the Benefits of Cupping Therapy?

The primary benefit of cupping therapy is that it can help to relax the muscles. This is because when the suction cups are applied, they cause your blood vessels to dilate (open wider). This allows more blood flow into the area being treated and increases oxygen supply to your muscles.

This increased blood flow also helps to remove toxins from your muscles and increase the supply of nutrients. When you have more oxygen in your body, you’ll feel less tired and your muscles will be able to recover faster after exercise or injury.

Cupping therapy has been shown to have a range of benefits including:
  • Improved Mobility
  • Reduced Pain
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Improved Blood Circulation 
  • Treats Depression and Anxiety 
  • Improves Sleep Quality 
  • Stimulates the Nervous System 
  • Improves Immunity 
  • Relieves Stress and Tension

What Are the Side Effects of Cupping Therapy?

Depending on the pressure and duration of cupping, there can be some mild side effects such as redness, irritation, itching, or swelling. However, these side effects are generally short-lived and should not be too much of a concern.

How Can Cupping Therapy Be Used?

Cupping therapy can be used for a range of health conditions, from migraines to arthritis. It can also be used for self-care or for more serious conditions such as cancer or depression. It can also be used in conjunction with other treatments like acupuncture or massage therapy.

Is Cupping Therapy Safe?

Yes, cupping therapy is safe when done correctly and under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. However, it is important to always follow the instructions provided by your practitioner and make sure that you are comfortable with the pressure and duration of the cupping being used.

Where Can I Get Cupping Therapy?

If you’re interested in cupping therapy, Dynafisio can help! We have a variety of high quality medical supplies that you can use to perform cupping at your own home.

Cupping Therapy

It is a Chinese technique in which a suction is created on the skin using a cup. The suction is kept for few minutes and that helps to increase blood flow, removes toxins from the area sucked, loosens adhesions and also reduces pain.

Types of cupping

  • Dry cupping

Dry cupping involves the application of a heated cup on the skin of the back, chest, abdomen, or buttocks. The cooling of the air is then thought to create a suction effect. 

  • Dynamic cupping

It is moved in continuous motion to increase the blood flow and reduce pain.

  • Wet cupping (hijama)

Medicinal bleeding, where blood is drawn by local suction from a small skin incision.

  • Fire cupping

Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in almost pure alcohol. The cotton is clamped by a pair of forceps and lit via match or lighter, and, in one motion, placed into the cup and quickly removed, while the cup is placed on the skin. The fire heats up the air in the cup which, after cooling reduces in volume creating a negative pressure inside the cup. The cup is then quickly placed onto the body and the negative pressure “sucks” the skin up.


  • Pain reduction 
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Discomfort during prolong sitting
  • Increase range of motion
  • Draining of toxins
  • Blood pooling
  • Boost immunity
  • Reduces chronic muscle tightness

Conditions Treated

  • Blood disorder such anaemia & haemophilia
  • Rheumatic disorder like arthritis
  • Fertility and gynaecological condition
  • Eczema and acne
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Bronchial congestion such as allergy and asthma
  • Varicose vain

Mechanism of action

  • The targeted area is suctioned by a mechanical gun or pump
  • The suction is created and the skin is drawn and hold for few minutes
  • This suctioning helps in increasing the blood flow over the area and helps in reducing pain and loosening the adhesions

Our Dynafisio provides all types of the cupping therapy with advanced physiotherapy techniques. The patient is taken care under the supervised physiotherapist. You can visit us in our centre in Gurgaon – DLF Phase-4, sector 42, and sector 45.

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