Newsletter excerpts: 6 New Studies on Cupping--Aug 2022

Posted by: Michelle Burns
Date Posted: August 17, 2022

Here is some of the information I recently shared in the August newsletter. Each newsletter has a specific focus.  This newsletter is focused on cupping. If you would be interested in receiving my newsletters, which include links to the studies as well as special offers and sales coupons, please head over to my contact page and sign up.


  1. Dry needling vs Trigger Point Compression vs cupping
  2. Dry needling vs dry cupping at Upper Trapezius muscle
  3. Stretching vs static and dynamic cupping on lumbar ROM
  4. Dry cupping in female with chronic plantar fasciitis
  5. Ear acupuncture plus dry cupping for chronic back pain
  6. Aerobic exercise vs cupping on cardiovascular disease factors


1. An oral presentation titled Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Modalities for Myofascial Pain Relief: A  systematic review, published in ScholarWorks University of Montana in 2022, concludes: Dry Needling and Trigger Point Compression were both shown to decrease pain in short-term periods. However…Dry Needling was the only examined modality able to provide pain relief in both short-term and long-term periods. There is a lack of literature supporting cupping.

2.  A study titled Comparison of the effectiveness of dry needling with dry cupping at upper Trapezius muscle in patients with myofascial trigger points, published in International Journal of Endorsing Health Science Research in May 2021 concludes:  Both treatment methods effectively treat myofascial trigger points. There was no significant difference between the two groups.

3. A study titled The effects of stretching versus static and dynamic cupping on lumbar range of motion: a randomized control trial, published in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice in Jan 2022 concludes:  Static and dynamic cupping to the lumbar paraspinal muscles was not more effective than stretching at increasing lumbar ROM.

4. A study titled Effects of dry cupping therapy on pain, dynamic balance and functional performance in young female with recreational runners chronic plantar fasciitis, published in Sport Orthopaedics and Traumatology in Jun 2022 concludes: Findings suggested a significant improvement in parameters of pain, dynamic balance, and functional performance. However, these improvements were found to be significantly greater with the addition of dry cupping therapy to the conventional treatment.

5. A study titled Effects of Ear Acupuncture plus Dry Cupping on Activities and Quality of Life in the Adults with Chronic Back Pain; a randomized trial, published in Journal Acupuncture Meridian Studies in Apr 2022 concludes:  Ear acupuncture combined with dry cupping showed better results in terms of perception of quality of life and satisfaction with health when compared to ear acupuncture by itself.

6. A study titled Comparison of aerobic exercise and cupping methods on serum levels of fibrinogen, LDL and HDL as cardiovascular disease factors in postmenopausal women, published in Yafteh Lorestan University of Medical Sciences in 2022 concludes: cupping therapy and aerobic physical activity are effective factors in reducing the levels of fibrinogen and LDL and increasing HDL in postmenopausal women. Exercise may have better effects on decreasing fibrinogen and blood lipids, compared to cupping therapy.

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