Cupping Therapy FAQs

Cupping therapy has a host of benefits but before enrolling for treatment most patients have some important doubts they need clarified. Read ahead for some frequently asked questions and our answers to them.

How much does cupping therapy cost?

Charges for cupping sessions depend on many factors such as the duration of the treatment and the area of the body where treatment is to be directed, in general a cupping treatment will cost between $30-$80. The fees of the practitioner will also depend on whether the patients request treatment at a venue of their choice and if more than one technique is integrated into a single session. First and subsequent sessions can also have varying costs.

What is a good cupping set?

Choosing a good cupping set depends on what you plan to do. If you are looking for massage cupping, used for weight loss and cellulite reduction, then we recommend this Lure Silicone Cupping Set. If you are looking for a traditional full cupping set with a hand pump, this Acuzone Cupping Set is a great option. For more information you can check out our Best Cupping Sets page.

What is cupping therapy used for?

Cupping therapy is a form of treatment where suction is used on specific pressure points on the body to remove obstructions in the body’s natural healing energies. In this way, cupping therapy can be used to cure many ailments, the most ancient of them being pulmonary tuberculosis. It can also be used to treat skin, blood, respiratory, back pain, nerve conditions and many more. See Cupping Benefits for more information.

Is cupping painful?

In the hands of an expert therapist, cupping is not painful and most patients are likely to experience only a slight pinching sensation. However, patients opting for wet therapy could feel a little pain when the therapist makes tiny cuts on the skin to allow the elimination of toxic blood and fluids from the body. To counter this pain, patients can request for local anesthesia. You may find our article on the Side Effects of Cupping interesting.

Why does cupping therapy cause bruising?

The circular bruising seen on the backs of cupping patients are the outcome of the suction created by the cups bringing blood to the surface of the skin. These are normal and are rarely painful. For more information on what to expect from your cupping treatment, check out Side Effects of Cupping. It should be noted that while cupping is generally a safe therapy, if not provided by a professional, severe bruising and blistering is possible as outlined in The Importance of using a Cupping Professional. 

What is the history of cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy is a form of healing that has been used for centuries with the earliest accounts emerging from Egyptian hieroglyphic writings dated around 3,500 years ago. Aside from the Egyptians, the Greeks, Persian, Arabs, North American Indians and Eastern Asians have also widely used cupping for healing various ailments. Chinese cupping therapy is the most well-known of all forms of cupping. We have a great article on the History of Cupping Therapy for more detailed information.

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How is cupping used in Islam?

In Islam, there are various forms of the therapy that is practiced today. Sunnah cupping is a form of wet cupping where the the skin is pricked or scraped before suction is applied. Islamic therapists also use water cupping, a rare form where warm water is used. Herbal cupping that used a herbal tincture and hot cupping where mugwort leaves are used are two other techniques. Due to the popularity of this topic, we have an article giving an Overview of Al Hijima

What are the different types of cupping tools?

Cupping was originally performed in different cultures using locally available materials to create the cups such as animal horns, bones, gourds, seashells, bamboo, metal and ceramic. In today’s times, cups made of glass and medical grade sterilized silicon are used to create the desired suction. Therapists may also use devices with a suction pump to eliminate the risk of burning completely. In case of wet cupping, a scalpel or needles are used to prick the skin. Later the area is dressed with sterile bandages and antiseptic ointments to promote healing and reduce the chances of infection. For pictures and explanations of the different types of cupping tools check out Types of Cupping Sets.

What is chi?

Chinese medicine believes that there are five meridians on a person’s back that serve as the pathways for the life energy that flows through the body, also known as meridians (check out our guide to meridians). This life energy is called “ch’i” or “qi” and if this energy flow is disrupted due to an injury or ailment, the person suffers illnesses. Cupping therapy is known to remove disruptions and thus heal the patient. More information on qi can be found in our Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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