What is wet and dry cupping?

The process described above is commonly known as dry cupping. Wet cupping is a variation of the procedure where prior to the cup being placed, your skin is punctured and blood is drawn out in the suction process. There is also a variation where the dry cupping technique is done before puncturing your skin for wet cupping. At least one study suggests that wet cupping may help the kidneys clear heavy metals from the body.

In both cases, cupping leaves round bruises on your skin which will clear up in around 10 days. Ointment may be applied to prevent infection, and you may receive multiple treatments depending on the condition being treated.

So if you’re interested in cupping therapy, make an appointment with Dr. Clark and the team at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine to find out what it can do for you.

Difference Between Wet and Dry Cupping Hijama

Cupping is one of the core therapeutic procedures in medical history. Hippocrates recommended cupping for a large number of acute and chronic ailments.

Important reflexology zones for cupping therapy, the so-called ‘Head’s zones’, are located on the back. These Head’s zones are related to the internal organs and organ systems.

Before the cupping therapy is carried out, these reflexology zones are palpitated in order to feel for pressure-sensitive hardenings (gelosis) underneath. It can be assumed that the functional system of the respective reflexology zones that have gelosis beneath them are disbalanced.

Cupping therapy discharges toxins from these areas using cupping glasses and a vacuum pump.

Cupping therapy causes intentional local hematoma, stimulates circulation, removes toxins and activates the self-regulation of the affected areas.

There is a distinction between dry and wet cupping. Dry cupping helps improve local circulation, strengthens the muscles and relieves muscle cramps. Wet cupping involves drawing small amounts of blood in order to relieve blocked areas of tissue and possibly produce a direct pain remedy.

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  • Back pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Sciatica
  • Joint pain (e.g. hip, knee and shoulder joints)
  • Inner organ regulation
  • Immune system activation
  • Headaches
  • Otitis (ear inflammation)
  • Migraines
  • Vertigo
  • Bronchitis
  • High blood pressure


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Our therapists are fully insured for Cupping and Hijama Cupping Therapy. Our Clinic is based in Birmingham City Centre.

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