What is Dry Cupping?
Cupping is one of the older alternative medicine techniques. Its practice dates back to as far as 3000 B.C. It is the method by which a flame is lit in a cup which creates suction force which is then placed on the body of patients. This technique helps activate better blood flow which in turn promotes healing and can also help establish better Qi flow. The recruitment of blood flow to a certain area by way of cupping is believed to help the healing of deep scar tissue in the muscle, tension, clots, swelling, and help relieve pain. The suction effect created by the flame for cupping can be replicated by mechanical and electrical cupping machinery as well.
What is Wet Cupping and how is it different from Dry Cupping?
Wet cupping is also known as Hijama in Arabic or medicinal bleeding. For wet cupping small punctures are made on the surface of the skin with a needle or a puncture pen. These small holes that are invisible to the naked eye allow for blood to bleed out from the surface of the skin when the suction force from the cup is applied. This method allows for the actual release of blood and toxins from within the body and similar to dry cupping helps promote better flow of Qi in areas of obstruction.