Cupping therapy , Scraping (Chinese Gua-sha), Medical leeches.

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Cupping and scraping are traditional anti-inflammatory therapies, widespread, especially in China.

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Cupping therapy.

My experience and views concerning Cupping Therapy.

Link: Cupping Therapy (Wikipedia)

Cupping Therapy is very common in traditional Chinese medicine hospitals, also in many massage places.

  • I had cupping therapy over one hundred times. (The specialist suggested that it be done after acupuncture.)
  • The suction creates light burns on the skin that have a circular form.
  • It does not have as strong an effect as acupuncture, but I think it may relieve some symptoms, like flu.
  • The spots (light burns) on the body are not equal. Some are red-purple. Others show almost nothing. It is not random and is not explained by the technique.)
  • I believe that Cupping Therapy diverts inflammation from other parts of the body to the skin. (The burns "suck out inflammation.")
  • The main side-effect is sometimes having an inflammation of the burned area.


Scraping anti-inflammatory Therapy. (Authentic image from China)

The scraping therapy is unpleasant but usually not very painful; the scraping seems particularly violent; this is not the case! 

My experience and views concerning scraping anti-inflammatory Therapy. (Chinese Gua Sha)

The scraping technique (Gua sha) is often used in Chinese traditional medicine hospitals, clinics, and many massage places.

  • The treatment is done by scrubbing the skin, usually using an animal's horn or polished, smooth, hard stone. 
    • Frequently, treatment is combined with cupping.
  • The scrubbing operation is usually performed on the back, limbs, and chest. The therapist lubricates the area (to prevent friction wounds) and performs controlled pressure operations with elongated movements. The treatment is unpleasant and sometimes involves slight pain.
  • I have performed the scraping treatment dozens of times over the years, with no side effects; the signs usually disappear that day or the next day.
  • According to the explanations I received, this treatment has no side effects.
  • The purpose of treatment (according to the Chinese version) is to strengthen the immune system by removing excess moisture.
  • To my understanding, the action of scrubbing the skin over large areas creates slight surface bleeding. Scraping diverts inflammations (much like cupping) from essential internal organs to the skin surface, thus helping heal faster.


Medical leeches.

Medical leeches can be very effective in healing external wounds. (Can be effective in patients with type 2 diabetes)

Medical leeches may significantly improve the healing of wounds originating from pressure and necrosis wounds.

  • The leeches release potent enzymes that prevent blood clotting in the affected area. The action of sucking the blood improves blood and lymph circulation, removes toxins that have accumulated in the contaminated area, and thus helps the area's recovery. 
  • Of all the treatments listed on this site, this is the only treatment I have not experienced. In my opinion, the treatment of medical leeches is not effective in systemic and internal diseases. However, leeches have no significant side effects. (Except maybe disgusted)


These four anti-inflammatory methods may look like home remedies, but they help strengthen the immune system and improve wounds recovery originating from pressure and necrosis.

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