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What is cupping and is it safe ?

I have been looking on the Internet for any side effects of Cupping which is a very old Chinese treatment for various ailments. But I cannot find any side-effects.
Asked On : Mon, 13 Jun 2011
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Thanks for posting query on HCM.
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin.Doctors or cupping practitioners believe that this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.Suction is created using heat or mechanical devices.

There are various types of cupping therapy, including:
-Dry cupping
-Wet cupping

A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.

Cupping has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin's appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.

Cupping is considered to be useful and relatively safe, especially when performed by trained health professionals. Potential side effects include:

-Mild discomfort
- Burns
- Bruises
- Skin infection

Cupping therapy should be avoided by the following groups:

-Pregnant or menstruating women.
-People with metastatic cancer
-People with bone fractures or muscle spasms.

Hope this will give a general idea about the therapy.

Wish you good health.

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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Munish Sood's  Response
1. Scientific research and evidence says that cupping procedure/method has more than Placebo effect.
2. Cupping involves two methods: Dry and Wet Cupping.
3. In wet cupping , superficial skin incisions are made,which are very small, so although chance of secondary infection is rare, but still as there is breakage in the continuity of skin, one side effect can be SKIN INFECTION.
3. some conditions in which it should not be used or done: people with high fever,disease of skin, bleeding problems, people with Metastatic cancer, and in pregnant ladies.
4. with use of Cupping, burn marks,bruising,redness are at the site of procedure,but will go or fade away in 3-4 days.
Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Homeopath Dr. Sukhvinder Singh Rekhraj's  Response
There is no any side effect in cupping beside pain, bruise or sometime burn may occur.
Answered: Mon, 13 Jun 2011
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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Rajesh Lakhanpaul's  Response
I believe nothing more than local visible bruises which resolve of its own in two to three days. Risk of burn if still fire is used to create vaccum but now pump is used which is safe.
Answered: Mon, 13 Jun 2011
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