Dry cupping could relieve chronic lower back pain

Researchers from the Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, in Berlin, Germany claim that dry cupping might be an effective alternative remedy for chronic lower back pain.

In the study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers assessed the intensity of pain, back function, and quality of life of the participants using two different types of dry cupping. The patients were divided into three groups were they received either regular pulsatile cupping or minimal cupping, along with paracetamol. The third group received only paracetamol on demand, with no cupping.

Pulsatile cupping and minimal cupping both reduced pain intensity and improved back function. According to the researchers, pulsatile cupping improved the quality of life in people with chronic lower back pain. Similar beneficial effects were observed in the two forms of cupping. Overall findings indicate that dry cupping could effectively treat chronic lower back pain.

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