Cupping Side Effects

Possible Side Effects

Cupping may cause pain, swelling, burns, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, skin pigmentation, and/or nausea.4 Cupping also leaves round purple marks or circular bruises on the skin; these marks may begin to fade after several days but can remain for two to three weeks. Scars and burns have been known to occur after cupping.

Cupping shouldn’t be done on areas where the skin is broken, irritated, or inflamed, or over arteries, veins, lymph nodes, eyes, orifices, or any fractures.

People who are pregnant, children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions (such as cancer, organ failure, hemophilia, edema, blood disorders, and some types of heart disease) are among those who shouldn’t have cupping. People taking blood-thinning medication also shouldn’t try cupping.

Although rare, other reported adverse effects include blisters, acquired hemophilia A, thrombocytopenia, iron deficiency anemia, keloids, panniculitis and skin pigmentation. Infection, scarring, and blood loss may occur with wet cupping.

People who are pregnant, children, older adults, and people with certain health conditions (such as cancer, organ failure, hemophilia, edema, blood disorders, and some types of heart disease) are among those who shouldn’t have cupping. People taking blood-thinning medication also shouldn’t try cupping.

Although rare, other reported adverse effects include blisters, acquired hemophilia A, thrombocytopenia, iron deficiency anemia, keloids, panniculitis and skin pigmentation. Infection, scarring, and blood loss may occur with wet cupping.