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6 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Understanding the science behind this ancient technique can lead to relief of some of our most common concerns.


Here are just a few of the most common concerns cupping addresses, including the effects benefits of this traditional therapy.



Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years in many cultures to deal with certain health problems like muscle tightness, pain, to help resolve colds, flus, upper respiratory problems, and much more. Cupping involves using glass cups to suction the skin, this draws blood and energy to the surface of the skin to help break up congestion and stagnation.

The marks left by cupping may appear similar to bruising but they are a completely normal reaction for this therapy. The marks can range from light pink to red to purple or even black depending on what is trapped in the tissue. Cupping uses suction to bring underlying stagnation and toxins to the surface where it is easier for the body to resolve. This suction not only removes the stuck cellular debris that is preventing healing, but it helps improve circulation to repair damaged tissue and reduces inflammation. Studies also show that cupping helps stimulate the immune system.


Cupping recently has been popularized by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Gwenyth Paltrow, and Michael Phelps.



Apart from gaining celebrity attention, many are curious what all the hype is about and want to experience it on their own. However, many people are drawn to cupping because of its effects, it is scientifically proven to [1]:

· Reduce Pain

· Relieve Muscle Tension

· Reduce Inflammation

· Improvement Circulation

· Promote Detoxification

· Stimulate Immune System



The benefits of cupping can vary from relieving digestive concerns to emotional ones and many more. The most common conditions cupping is used are the following [2]:

• Back Pain

• Neck Pain

• Shoulder Pain

• Muscle Tension

• Muscle Spasms

• Migraines/Headaches

• Fatigue

• Anxiety

• Asthma

• Skin Disorders

• Cellulite

• Stimulate Metabolism

• Constipation/Diarrhea

• Infertility


For example, a study cited by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine):

“In a study of 70 patients suffering from tension and migraine headaches, the application of wet-cupping improved 95 percent of the cases reducing the severity of the headaches by an average of 66 percent, and the patients experienced the equivalent of 12.6 fewer days of headache per month.” [3]


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[1] http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcme.2018.03.003

[2] https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/09/20/many-benefits-chinese-cupping-1

[3] https://www.nccaom.org/science-of-cupping/



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