Types of cupping

There are different types of cupping you can try, each with there own benefits. The type you will have will depend on your personal circumstances and the preferences of your therapist. Different types include the following:

Wet cupping

The term wet cupping is used when the therapist makes a small incision on the skin after the cup has been removed. The cup is then applied again to draw out a small quantity of blood. After the procedure, the therapist will use an antibiotic ointment and dressing to prevent infection.

It is believed that this method helps to remove toxins from the body to promote natural healing.

Dry cupping

Dry cupping (also known as ‘air cupping’) doesn’t use heat to create the suction. Instead, it uses a specially designed pump which is attached to the end of the jar. The pump is used to create a vacuum. Some practitioners prefer this method as it gives them more control over the amount of suction.

Because this method doesn’t use heat to create suction, there is also no risk of accidentally burning the skin.

Fixed cupping

This just means that the cups stay in place during the treatment. The amount of time they’re left for will depend on the nature of your concern, but they are usually left between five and 10 minutes.

Moving cupping/gliding cupping

As its name would suggest, moving cupping is when the cups are moved during the treatment. To enable this to happen, your therapist will use an oil to lubricate the skin. Often these oils will be infused with essential oils and herbs. This helps the cups move more easily and makes for a more pleasurable sensation.


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