[Cupping-bloodletting therapy of Saudi Arabia and its clinical application]

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2008 May;28(5):375-7.
[Article in Chinese]


For cupping-bloodletting therapy of Saudi Arabia, the patient takes a sitting position or lying position, fully exploring the positions for bloodletting, mainly locating at the back and the neck, corresponding to bilateral Geshu (BL 17), Fengchi (GB 20), Dazhui (GV 14) and Ashi points in Chinese acupuncture. The local hair of the patient is cut off and then cupping is given to the related points for 5-10 minutes. After the cup is removed, the local part for blood-letting, and the mouth and internal wall of the cup are sterilized with 75% alcohol. The doctor wears a sterilized gloves and a mask, and a mono-use surgical blade is used to superficially cut the skin inside each of the cupping marks for about 10 cuts. And cupping is again given at the local parts, with blood drawn into the cup. 5-10 minutes later, the blood in the cup becomes solid, then the cup with the blood is removed, and the skin is cleaned with 75% alcohol and the wounds are sterilized with 2% iodine and are covered with gauze and is fixed with adhesive plaster for 24 hours.

Indications: health-care, preventing diseases and treatment of the diseases induced by excessive heat, blood stasis and qi stagnation.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Disease / therapy
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / therapy
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Migraine Disorders / therapy
  • Phlebotomy / methods*
  • Saudi Arabia