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Dry Cupping vs. Wet Cupping

Cupping treatment is another form of traditional Chinese medicine. Like acupuncture, wet and dry cupping have gained traction in western medicine as viable treatments for a myriad of health issues. Most people are familiar with the dry method, and may never have heard of wet cupping. In this post, we will explain more about the differences of each and their benefits. 

What is It? 

It is an alternative treatment method that has been used for thousands of years in China. The basic idea of this holistic therapy is to place cups on the skin that create suction. It is a great complementary treatment option that addresses numerous health conditions. 

The cups are placed onto the skin and when they create suction, they pull the skin up into them. Practitioners create the suction by heating the inside of the cup first or using a rubber suction squeezer that is built into the cup. If heat is used, the cup creates suction and pulls tissue into it as it cools. 

Blood circulation is boosted in the areas where the cups are placed. Increasing blood circulation helps reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, promote cell repair, form new connective tissues, and create new blood vessels in the tissue. For those reasons, it has become an increasingly popular treatment option in athletic training and sports medicine. 

Dry Cupping 

While more people are learning about this holistic option, many still do not know that there are actually two types: dry and wet. The dry method is what most people are familiar with, as it involves only using suction. 

Wet Cupping 

The lesser-known of the two treatments, it involves both suction and “controlled medical bleeding.” For this technique, your practitioner will create a small puncture in the skin with a lancet, and then place the cup over it to draw out a small amount of blood. According to ancient Chinese medicine, it helps to clear the bad blood and bad energy. Many athletes opt for this option to treat muscle soreness, recover faster, and help with range of motion. 

Treatment in Smithtown New York 

No matter which kind of treatment you are interested in, Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown New York is here to help. If you are looking for excellent “cupping near me”, look no further. IFW provides the best treatment options in the Long Island New York area. Schedule your treatment in Suffolk County today by contacting IFW at 631-708-3500, or visiting us online HERE

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