Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Dry Cupping


The Effectiveness of Dry Cupping and Hot Pack in Pain Relief and Reduce Functional Disability on Non-specific Low Back Pain

Azira Iqlima Razali, Bsc; Lee Ai Choo, PhD

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 2796-2810

The objective of this study was to identify the effectiveness of dry cupping and hot pack on pain relief and reduce functional disability for patients with non-specific low back pain. A total of 39 patients with non-specific low back pain from Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were chosen as participants using purposive sampling methods. The participants were randomly assigned equally (N=13) into dry cupping group, hot pack group and control group. Dry cupping group received a session of treatment in a week, hot pack group received twice a week of treatment session and control group had no treatment, but the participants were allowed to continue their previous treatment. Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) was used to measure pain intensity and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) was used to measure functional disability before and after the intervention for all three groups. Data was analyzed using one-way ANOVA with significant level was predetermined at p<0.025 prior to study. The study findings indicated that both dry cupping group and hot pack group showed significant improvement on pain relief (p=0.001) and functional disability (p=0.001) after completing the interventions when compared to control group. Therefore, both dry cupping and hot pack were found to be effective interventions for pain relief and reduce functional disability among patients with non-specific low back pain. Health professional practice are suggested to include dry cupping therapy as another choice of treatment in treating patients with non-specific low back pain.

The role of manual therapy/practices (dry cupping, wet cupping, leech therapy, venesection, or phlebotomy) in lung diseases

Abbas Joushan; Rasool Choopani; Khosrow Agin; Hoorieh Mohammadi Kenari

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 4444-4454

Background: Manual therapy/ practices (dry cupping, wet cupping, leech therapy, venesection or phlebotomy) are one of the three pillars of Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) and has been used for thousands of years. Various studies have shown that these methods are effective in treating or reducing the symptoms of many diseases, including several pulmonary diseases and various types of pain, diseases of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, skin diseases, and so on. In the present review, we have dealt with the role of manual therapy on common lung diseases (Asthma, Cough, Hemoptysis, Chest pain and pleural pain, Pneumonia, Pleurisy) by reviewing (TPM) books and international and national scientific studies conducted in this area. Method: To investigate the role of manual therapy in lung diseases, traditional medicine books, and databases (PubMed, Scopus, ISI), and a database of Persian articles (SID) in this field were searched. Initially, 30 books and 348 international and national records (Appendix 1) were found and ultimately 20 books (Appendix 2) and 13 articles (Appendix 3) were included for our study. Result: In traditional medicine references, the management for all kinds of respiratory ailments with their specific methods is explained (Appendix 4). However, studies in this field have only examined the effect of cupping on asthma, pneumonia, and cough. Our review article has collected and presented some of the available resources on the use of manual therapy/ practices alone or in combination with other therapies in the treatment of common lung diseases such as Asthma, cough, and pneumonia. Conclusion: The results of this systematic study indicate that different methods of blood sampling in traditional medicine have been repeatedly recommended for various lung diseases, especially asthma, pneumonia, and cough.