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What is Ventosa Cupping Therapy? | Cebu Spa and Wellness Guide

What is Ventosa Cupping Therapy?

What is Ventosa Cupping Therapy?
Ventosa cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese alternative treatment that uses local suctions on the skin to eliminate stagnation of the blood flow. It also promotes healing for a variety of  health conditions like colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, body pain, swelling and gastrointestinal disorders. It balances the qi and maintain a healthy physical well-being.


Types of Ventosa Cupping Therapy

The two main types of cupping therapy are dry cupping and wet cupping.

Dry cupping involves heating the cups inside with flammable substances like paper, alcohol or open flames; and quickly placing these warmed cups upside down on the skin. A spa attendant may sometimes apply herbal or medicated oils to the skin prior to the procedure to easily glide the cups around the meridians and acupoints.

As soon as the hot air pressure cools down, it constricts and pulls up the skin; creating a vacuum due to the lack of oxygen.

Mechanical and rubber suction pumps can also be alternately used to produce the same vacuum. Generally, these cups are left on the skin between five to ten minutes depending on the patient’s condition.

Wet cupping creates a mild suction by applying a heated pump or cup  on the skin for three minutes. After removing the cups, the practitioner performs minor incisions using a cupping scalpel.  He or she goes back to create a second suction to extract a small amount of blood (it is treated with antibiotics to avoid infection).


Is it safe to have this therapy?

Ventosa cupping therapy is generally safe, especially when done by accredited health practitioners. The normal reaction includes reddening of the skin which signals that the drawing out of blood circulation to the surface. It also creates a warm, tingling sensation after the session.

Expect to see dark markings on the skin due to the ruptured capillaries under the skin. The skin markings are generally painless and disappear within two days after the therapy.

There are instances, however, where health experts don’t recommend the cupping method. Patients with wounds or inflamed skin, convulsions, fever, metastatic cancer, as well as menstruating and pregnant women should not do any of this therapy.

American Cancer Society also warns cancer patients against skipping conventional medical treatment and opting for the cupping therapy to treat their health conditions. Doing so may have direct consequences on their health. Make sure to discuss this with your doctor before doing any ventosa cupping treatment.

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Hi there and thank you for visiting this blog. I’m Jazmine, a free-spirited life traveler whose quintessential pursuits involve searching for the best spa experience in Cebu and beyond. This blog is where I share my reviews, tips, how-to tutorials, interesting articles related to spa, wellness and health.

18 Responses

  1. Jhanis says:

    I’ve seen this therapy long before it became popular, my great grandpa used to hire a local hilot and she used glasses nga naay cotton nga sunugon sa sulod. 🙂

    • Jazmine says:

      Yeah, I heard from my old folks that they used to do this and use “dahon sa saging” with massage oil to kill off the trapped air (panuhot) inside the body.

  2. Janine says:

    I’ve been wanting to try Ventosa ever since I’ve heard of it kay grabe na gyud kasakit akong panuhot sa buko2x! Haha. Do you have any idea where I can have Ventosa cupping and how much would it cost? Hehe

  3. Ashley says:

    I honestly think it looks scary; but the technique seems to be used and promoted by practitioners internationally so I do want to see for myself how it is done. Are there any spas here in Cebu that practice that method?

  4. Vernon Go says:

    looks like the one used in karate kid remake.. looks legit! hahaha

  5. I first experienced Ventosa back in college. It was part of our nursing curriculum. We practiced ventosa on our partners and I’d say it was very relaxing. Maka-help pud siya kuha sa mga panuhot as we call them. ^_^

  6. Tara says:

    Did this to a classmate during nursing student days! Not recommended if you’re planning to go swimming a few days after. It leaves big dark spots!

  7. Hanna Frej says:

    This looks scary in pictures but I would like to try it.. heheh

  8. Thadz says:

    Hmmm, na curious ko sa benefits dash, do you have a good recommendation where best to get this service?

    • Jazmine says:

      I shared a link sa taas kay Janine. Last year sa Grand Royal Spa ko nagpa.Ventosa. Okay ra and dili sha scary or anything. Very relaxing kaayo.

  9. Hahahaha! Reminded me of my Nursing Days! I can imagine the shock on the face of my return demo partner as I swiftly moved the glass for Ventusa. until now I can remember how she hit me at my elbow for the almost near 1st degree burn I caused on her back. Talk about bloopers from college. But, thanks for sharing this one though 🙂

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