What Are the Differences Between Wet and Dry Cupping Therapies?

QualityAcu is a health and wellness clinic in Orange, CA. We specialize in treatments based on traditional Chinese medicine. This includes cupping therapy.

Cupping therapy is an ancient alternative therapy practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This suction draws blood and oxygen…Cupping therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Blood disorders like hemophilia and anemia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Fertility and other gynecological issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other rheumatic diseases
  • Varicose veins
  • Bronchial congestion that is caused by asthma and/or allergies
  • Acne, eczema, and other skin disorders
  • Anxiety and depression

There are two main techniques used in cupping therapy, dry cupping and wet cupping. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the differences between dry and wet cupping.

Dry Cupping Therapy

Dry cupping involves creating a vacuum inside the cups, typically by heating the air inside them before placing them on the skin. As the air inside the cup cools, a vacuum is created that tugs the skin and underlying tissues upwards into the cup.

This technique is primarily used to promote blood flow, relieve muscle tension, and reduce pain.

Wet Cupping Therapy

Wet cupping, also known as hijama, involves a similar initial process of creating suction with cups placed on the skin. However, after a few minutes of suction, the cups are removed, and small incisions are made on the skin using a sterile blade or lancet.

The cups are then reapplied to the skin, which draws out a small amount of blood through the incisions. This is done to remove toxins from the body and promote healing.

Wet cupping is often used as a form of detoxification and therapeutic intervention.

The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy offers many benefits, including:

  • Pain and stress relief, particularly for conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and muscle soreness.
  • Reduced inflammation, which can be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
  • Reduced muscle tension, which can relieve muscle stiffness and pain.
  • Improved circulation, which helps to improve blood flow to the affected area.
  • Detoxification, which helps remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Experience the Benefits of Cupping Therapy at QualityAcu

Cupping therapy has been around for thousands of years. It dates back to 1,550 BC and was used in Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. We are proud to offer the most innovative cupping options at QualityAcu. Contact QualityAcu today to learn how you can experience what’s being called the next-level answer to pain, poor blood flow, and much more.

In addition to cupping therapy, we also offer patients expert acupuncture, percussion massage therapy, and natural pain management to restore balance and energy.

QualityAcu accepts most forms of PPO insurance and always welcomes new patients. We’re located at 2832 E Chapman Ave. in Orange, CA, just east of Hwy 55 between S Yorba St and Prospect St. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. You can call us at 714-532-2827 or use our convenient online scheduling form to set an appointment.

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