Dry Cupping Therapy in Ottawa

What is Dry Cupping Therapy?girl

Dry Cupping is an ancient painless procedure for encouraging the energy and blood flow into an affected body area to speed up the healing process. A cup is placed over the area and heated to create a vacuum thus drawing the skin into the cup. This draws stagnant blood to the external capillaries, sometimes resulting in minor bruises which disappear within a few days.


History of Dry Cupping

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptians. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebbers Papirus, describes how the Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

picture of cattle horn use for cupping therapyThis therapy has been used in China as well as around the world for thousands of years known as ” horn therapy”. At this time the healer would place his lips at a hole in the top of the horn ( a hollowed out cattle horn ) and suck out the air to create a negative pressure. This was the healing agent which was welcome in preserving health as well as a remedy for almost every disease.

What Does the Research Show


As a drugless therapy dry cupping is a strong competitor to some popular methods of treatment. There have not been many scientific studies on cupping. It is cost-effective healing.

In 2012 report published in “Pl0s One” Chinese and Australian researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. Their conclusion is that cupping therapy may be effective when people also get other treatments, like acupuncture or medications, for various conditions, such as herpes zoster, acne, facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis.

One report, published in 2015 in the “Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine”, notes that it could help acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.


Dry Cupping is useful for the treatment of many medical conditions some of them are:

  • asthma
  • bedwetting
  • boil/carbuncle
  • cellulite
  • common cold
  • constipation
  • cough
  • headaches/migraines
  • insomnia
  • joint pain
  • lower back pain
  • muscular pain
  • sexual problems
  • sport injuries
  • tiredness, etc.


Avoid dry cupping if you have: