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Blood/Wet Cupping

This is a draining cupping and was most popular in the ancient time in Middle East & European countries. This method is the fastest to give relaxation to the patient. Toxic substances in form of blood seem to purge out from the patient’s body. Before applying the cup, needle is inserted and removed to create the channel for blood to come out, surgical blade can also be used for it In a single cup, 20 ml to 100 ml of blood can be drawn out in about 5 minutes of maximum time. It is better not to apply it more than 5 minutes. The word “cupping” was derived from the Arabic verbs“Hajama” and “Haj’jama” which they mean “to minimize” or “to restore to basic size”, or “to diminish in volume” In Arabic they say, “A certain person diminished the problem”, they meant that he returned the problem to its original size. There is also a verb “ahjama” which means “to withdraw or retreat from attack”.


First demark the area of cupping. It can be done by applying weak cupping prior to incision. Most preferable is Du – 14 for wet cupping. Then make several incision in shorter period of time & remember about the bleeding time (1 to 9 min) & clotting time (8 to 15 min). So the whole process should be completed within 9 to 15 min. Generally 20ml to 100ml blood collected in the cup. At the time of removal be careful with hygiene .



Shortness of breath

Hair loss

Skin purpura

Frozen shoulder





Blood stasis


Insect bites


Sports injuries

Blood poisoning





Safety Measures:

Assess for vital strength or Qi

Be careful in pregnant and elderly patient

The practitioner should have the patient sitting on a chair, resting and supporting his head on a pillow in front of him Elderly Frail

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