Newsletter excerpts: 9 New Studies on cupping--February 2022

Posted by: Michelle Burns
Date Posted: February 14, 2022

Here is some of the information I recently shared in the February 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. Cupping for post-herpetic neuralgia
  2. Active movement decompression vs Static decompression
  3. Pressure ranges of Fire cupping method
  4. Cupping as an anti-inflammation therapy and immunomodulator in cancer patients
  5. Dry cupping for runners with plantar fasciitis
  6. Efficacy of wet cupping for sciatic pain
  7. Brief Dry Cupping for muscle soreness
  8. Safety of cupping on stroke survivors
  9. Effect of dry cupping for non-specific low back pain


1. A study, titled Acupuncture and moxibustion combined with cupping for the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia, published in Medicine Aug 2021, concluded: The effect of acupuncture and moxibustion combined with cupping in the treatment of PHN is significantly higher than that of conventional western medicine and it can significantly prevent the occurrence of PHN.

2.  A study titled The effects of Active Movement Myofascial Decompression Therapy and Static Myofascial Decompression Therapy on Range of Motion, Muscle strength, Functional Movement in Young Adults, published in Journal of The Korean Society of Integrative Medicine in Sept 2021 concludes: As a result of this experiment, both active movement myofascial decompression and static myofascial decompression had a positive effect on dependent variable. Therefore the study is meaningful in that it is easier and simpler to see the effect on flexibility, muscle strength, and functional movement just by implementing movement myofascial decompression.

3. A study titled An Experimental Study on the Pressure Range of Fire Cupping Method, published in Journal of Acupuncture Research in May 2021 concludes: Large glass cups which are widely used in clinical practice, when used in the fire cupping method exerted pressure ranging from -381.947 mmHG to -391.973 mm HG

4. A study titled Cupping Therapy as an Anti-inflammation Therapy and Immunomodulator in Cancer Patients, published in Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer in 2021, concludes: Similar to anti-inflammatory drugs, cupping therapy may be seen as an adjuvant therapeutic strategy to modulate host microenvironment by reducing inflammation and modulating immune system, all actions the could be useful in biological treatments, in cancer patients

5. A study titled Effectiveness of dry cupping on pain, dynamic balance and functional performance in recreational runners with chronic plantar fasciitis, published in Indian Journal of Health Sciences and Care in Aug 2021, found: Significant improvement were observed in both the groups (Dry cupping or conventional therapy). However, the dry cupping group showed significantly greater improvements as compared to control group. Significant group differences were illustrated for pain, dynamic balance, and functional performance.

6. A study titled Efficacy of Himajah bil-shart (Wet Cupping) on Irq Al-Nasa (Sciatic Pain): A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, published in International Journal of Research Publication and Reviews in Oct 2021 concluded: Hijamah Bil-Shart (Wet Cupping) could be an effective therapy for the management of pain in patients of Irq al-Nasa (Sciatic pain) without any adverse effects.

7. A study titled Effects of Brief Dry Cupping on Muscle Soreness in the Gastrocnemius Muscle and Flexibility of the Ankle, published in Asian Journal of Kinesiology in 2021, concludes: Ninety seconds of dry cupping on the calf may reduce 24-hr muscle soreness after performing heel drops to exhaustion, but had no effect on ROM.

8. A study titled The effectiveness and safety of cupping therapy for stroke survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, published in DBpia in 2021 concludes: …the potential of CT to be beneficial in managing a variety of complications in stroke survivors.

9.  A study titled Effect of Dry Cupping Therapy on Pain and Functional Disability in Persistent Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial, published in Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies in 2021, concludes: Dry cupping was more effective in improving pain and functional disability in people with persistent nonspecific low back pain when compared to the sham


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