The brain is vulnerable to the effect of damage and diseases. There is little in terms of healing and regeneration once the damage is done.


Evidence of benefits in Western Society

  • Acne

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Brachial plexus disorder 

  • Brachialgia paresthetica nocturna

  • Bronchial Asthma

  • Cardiovascular diseases and prevention

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

  • Cholesterol/LDL

  • Chronic tension/migraine and headache

  • Deep gluteal syndrome

  • Eczema

  • Endometriosis

  • Epilepsy

  • Eye improvement

  • Fatty liver

  • Fibromyalgia


  • Frozen shoulder

  • Herniated disc

  • Hives

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Herpes Zoster

  • Hypertension/high blood pressure

  • Iron overload

  • Lymphatic and Homeostasis

  • Menopause symptoms

  • Migraines, Headaches and tension

  • ​​MS

  • Muscle numbness

  • Muscle spasm

  • Muscle stiffness 

  • Nerve pain

  • Neurodermatitis

  • Pathophysiological disorder

       associated with injury and


  • ​​PCOS

  • Pinched nerve

  • Psoriasis

  • Reduces symptoms of cancer patients

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Schizophrenia

  • Sciatica


  • Sinusitis


  • Smokers

  • Stimulates Acupuncture points (more than acupuncture itself)

Benefits Seen in Chinese Research

Every country has its own research and rules on how medical procedures are implemented and evaluated. Yet, if you look at the research done in China, their researchers show vast benefits from cupping in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Anemia

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Back pain

  • Depression

  • Diabetes

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gout

  • High blood pressure

  • Insomnia

  • Varicose Veins

Athletic Benefits

As well as helping everyday patients, cupping is also beneficial for athletes as well. This is why you'll probably see popular athletes such as Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov or Michael Phelps, refer to the benefits of cupping. 

The reason it helps athletes is that cupping can maximize blood flow to a specific area in the muscles or minimise pain. With a combination of other treatment methods, it may even help an athlete heal faster from sports injuries and reduce their downtime.

This is most likely due to how it helps to minimise inflammation and stimulate the chemical breakdown of toxins that delay tissue and muscles from healing in an athlete. If you pair that with the fact that it boosts the immune system, then you have a winning combination in sports medicine.

What do the studies say?

According to a Harvard Health Study wet cupping promotes healing and has been used extensively for sore muscles. But that’s only the beginning.

Cupping has also been used for

  • Back and neck pain

  • Improving immune function

  • Knee arthritis

  • Lowering cholesterol

  • Migraines

  • Skin diseases such as acne and hives.

​Along with these benefits, it promotes lymphatic circulation, helps control the inflammatory process, and helps regulate the immune system.

In a 2012 study, even more benefits from cupping were identified for illnesses such as cervical spondylosis, acne, facial paralysis, lumbar disc herniation, dyspnea, coughing, and shingles.

And some have mentioned its help with colds, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

As you can see, there are many areas where cupping has potential benefits for your health and well-being. From pain relief to specific health issues, patients have received help from wet cupping for thousands of years.

The Advantages Are Numerous

If you want to consider cupping from a Western physiology perspective, this is how cupping therapy benefits the body: it creates more efficient cell-to-cell communication and stimulates relaxation in tissue.


There is a research article by a U.S. physiologist and acupuncturist Helene Langevin that documents the cell-level changes. Using an ultrasound camera, she showed how things like acupuncture, cupping, and massage works to increase more than just relaxation. They work to promote healing as well.


The chemical messengers (known as inflammatory cytokines) are minimised and the chemical messengers (known as cytokines) that produce relaxation and healing are increased.

According to a study paper in the journal PLoS One, cupping practitioners claim that it works by creating hyperemia or hemostasis around a person's skin. This means that it either increases or decreases a person's blood flow under the cups.

In a recent press release, the NIH referred to a 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis of cupping that concluded, “cupping could be effective in treating the pain and disability associated with chronic neck pain and chronic low-back pain in the short term.” In a study of 70 patients suffering from tension and migraine headaches, the application of wet-cupping improved 95% of the cases. It reduced the severity of headaches by an average of 66%, and the patients experienced the equivalent of 12.6 fewer days of headache per month.

There are thousands of studies on cupping that do show it has significant benefits. Whether or not those benefits include a placebo effect is unknown. Regardless, they do show beneficial treatment.