Is cupping dangerous?

Cupping has been gaining popularity in the Netherlands in recent years. Once a technique primarily used by acupuncturists, massage therapists also began to make grateful use of these techniques. Nowadays, cupping is so well-known that even physiotherapists are applying it. This is not surprising, as it is a fantastic form of connective tissue massage.

However, the effects of cupping can look a bit strange. Sometimes we see large round discolorations. Or someone’s entire back is discolored dark red (or even purple). This raises questions about whether cupping is dangerous. The answer to this is no, as long as certain safety conditions are met.

What about the discoloration?

Of course, the discoloration can look quite intense. It is most comparable to someone who has had a serious accident. However, the difference is that the discoloration is mainly the result of a superficial treatment. In an accident, there is often deep damage involved.

Because cupping is a superficial treatment, the discoloration will fade quickly. Usually within a few days (if someone is healthy), but in some cases, the discoloration can remain visible for up to two weeks. This depends on factors such as age, blood circulation, the presence of many or few toxins, but also the technique being applied. Within cupping therapy, various techniques are used, as explained in the course.

Is cupping dangerous?
Cupping is a superfiscial treatment.

Points to consider with cupping.

That being said, there are still some safety points to consider. If someone is using blood thinners, cupping can still be done. However, caution is advised. Strong cupping techniques are then discouraged because this can lead to internal bleeding in the worst case scenario.

Over-cupping can also have adverse effects. Especially if not paying attention. Over-cupping can lead to blistering of the skin. In principle, this is not harmful, but it is certainly not a desired effect. Additionally, an open blister can lead to an infection if not properly treated. To prevent blisters from forming, the practitioner should pay close attention and preferably use transparent cups.

Another point to consider is ‘wet cupping’ or bleeding cupping. In this variant, the skin is opened to draw blood from the body. It is very important to observe good hygiene and only work with sterilized materials to prevent infections or contaminations. If you are not trained in cupping, this variant of cupping is not recommended.

Cupping is safe

Cupping is a safe treatment method as long as it is applied correctly. It is not without reason an ancient treatment method thousands of years old that many top athletes gratefully use. When cupping, always consider the age and overall condition of the client. And make sure to apply the correct technique to the right person.