The type of treatment favoured by modern day athletes, who have appeared in Brazil with large tell-tale circles on their skin, is known as dry cupping - a method that is believed to have originated in China that is said to ease aches and pains and help sports stars with recovery.
"Dry cupping is low demand in Bahrain - wet cupping is the one with demand."
In the dry cupping
procedure, practitioners place specialized cups on the skin.
Our study was conducted through dry cupping. The patients were laid in prone position and cupping was performed as follows: 3-4 glasses with diameters from 75 mm to 120 mm for obese and lean subjects were held inverted over BL23 point.
Dry cupping therapy is based on the discharge principle, i.e.
The influence of a series of five dry cupping treatments on pain and mechanical thresholds in patients with chronic non-specific neck pain--a randomised controlled pilot study.
"Dry cupping uses heat to create a small area of low air pressure next to the skin; wet cupping involves making superficial incisions to aid controlled medicinal bleeding.
In dry cupping, patients will have marks on the skin for a few days."
But in the interests of thorough journalism I did both treatments - dry cupping like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and hijama, the traditional Arab version.
For dry cupping she started by lighting gas inside the cups to create a suction and then placed them down my spine, on my lower back and my shoulders.