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Cupping medicine

Nobody had showed any interest to get the cups out of the forgotten cupboard, saying to themselves:

"They still gave some good results at the time! Even if this classification is no longer fashionable, why not reuse cupping starting from scratch with the analysis of the information and the clinical assessment with our present outlook? Adapted to the knowledge of our contemporary cures!" This is exactly what I have been doing for the past 40 years, while practicing physiotherapy, osteopathy and Chinese medicine. My various researches throughout several decades, amongst other the university of medicine in Strasbourg, Paris and Nancy had already lead to the completion of my first book in 2001:
“Cupping medicine, © Volume 1”, quickly sold out due to its national and international success, reissued since.

This new therapeutic approach was quickly rewarded by a real success from health practitioners and benefiting patients due to the evidence of good results obtained with this technique.

Cupping, an ancestral practice, “true masterpiece of the history of medicine” just as much as the stethoscope or the syringe, with positive results and without negative side effects.

Through the practice of my profession, I apply an average of 7000 to 8000 cups a year including all types of pathologies.

Standing back & looking back at 40 years of activity allow me to observe, classify, and establish the cupping protocol within new parameters leading to clear definite results.

The results for some pathology will be exceptional by its speed & intensity; a unique application will sometimes solve a problem that has been going on for years.
The only application which was well known was for respiratory pathologies, the multitude of benefits from the cupping treatment and in particular with their analgesic action in particular pains, their huge benefits in sport medicine, and many other uses have been ignored. It is within this context that this new classification of cupping techniques, adapted to today’s medical care, rediscovers an enthusiasm for its therapeutic values.
When it is possible and when the indication is correctly diagnosed, Cupping Medicine ©“with new classifications” has a prime place in today’s medical care.
As professionals, we owe it to ourselves not to let this care technique with fabulous results escape our notice.

Association inernationale praticiens de médecine des ventouses

The innovation of this method is the results of 3 clinical concepts:

“Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Chinese Energetic Medicine”


Allowing the specificity of the therapeutic results obtained in the treatment of pains with cupping techniques.
This clinical deduction was in the past inexistent, it is completely innovative!
And give to the cupping treatment this new performance.
The cupping technique is highly recommended in pathologies where we were not accustomed to use them:

  • Pulmonology:  ancient use of the cupping technique which maintains its efficiency in today’s world denouncing the abusive use of antibiotic therapy useless in the case of viral infections.
    Bronchitis, asthma, allergies, colds and flu, ear nose & throat pathologies, etc.
  • Dermatology: Psoriasis, acnes, eczemas, allergies, etc.

  • Sport injuries: one of the wonderful fields of action of cupping, sprains, knees, ankles, muscles tearing, tendonitis Achilles’ tendon, tennis elbow, etc.

  • Big French and European clubs have sent their physiotherapists osteopaths, to train in this discipline observing the quick recovering of their sportsmen treated with cupping in this particular pathology.

  • Rhumathology: all articular pains represent one excellent area of treatment for cupping techniques: gonarthrose, Low Back Pain, sciatica, with an amazing analgesic result from the first session onwards, epicondylitis, calcaneal growth,etc.

  • Migraines: often two sessions are sufficient to obtain some results unknown till now. Facial neuralgia, neuralgia of Arnold, etc.

This cupping methodology has been evolving on a permanent basis in conjunction with my own professional development and various qualifications over 40 years allowing me to conclude the elaboration of therapeutic protocols and more performing rules of applications throughout the past few years.
Some of these treatments have proved themselves through their undeniable positive results, the latter never having been registered in the past neither from a technical point of view, nor from previous registration in medical literature.
This lack of knowledge without being the sole reason for the writing of the second volume of my book has played a part in it:
Passing on this knowledge acquired over the 40 years of others!


" La Médecine des Ventouses© Volume 2. Cupping Therapy Medicine ", issued a few months ago, the worthy follow up of the first book, reinforces the new interest devoted to this method.
The application of cups does not consist in simple glass pots positioned on the skin, but it demands true rigour in the method of application and the exact place of application, two key factors on which the results are dependent.

This cannot be improvised, it needs to be learned! With the clinical precision, nothing to do with esoteric practices.

Cups need to be applied with your head!

Procedure, recommendations, clinical and anatomic ‘no-go’ areas which MUST be known.
How to choose a technique over another? Why?
Cold cupping ©? Warm cupping ©?
Reason to choose cupping on its own instead of cupping with scarification? And vice versa?
Why carry out a linear scarification ©? A dot scarification©? or a spread out scarification?
Why certain areas demand certain types of scarification? Which points to choose?

And more importantly why not to work on certain areas? Avoiding errors of improvisation!
The answer to these questions will allow to locate the precise area to be treated with the cupping technique, to obtain the optimum result against the pain.


The deduction of the exact spot of application of the cup is the fruit of the synthesis of the knowledge drawn from the trilogy of the above mentioned disciplines before, leading to this high performing classification.

This triple deduction originates therefore from the following therapeutic disciplines, physiotherapy, osteopathy and traditional Chinese medicine.
The acquisition of these parameters is essential to the establishment of the result.
This technique is totally trivial in its carrying out and astonishing in the therapeutic benefits that follow.
However simple does not mean simplistic, for they demand a precise knowledge of topographic and clinical application as well s a rigour of execution, in order to train qualified practitioners.
I have been teaching “Cupping Medicine ©” for a few decades in France.

This course unique in France, aimed at medical professionals, physiotherapists, General Practitioners, osteopaths of all nationalities, French,  Swiss, Belgian, Tunisian, German, Luxembourg, Moroccan, Italian, Portuguese and Lebanese receives on a permanent basis an accolade of credibility and therapeutic seriousness.
More than 800 practitioners have already been trained in France.

Cups with their obvious positive results against pain, with their safety as far as secondary effects are concerned, deserve more than disdain, we must not deprive ourselves an extraordinarily efficient therapeutic weapon in our everyday medical practice.


Instead of using the terminology “parallel” medicines, which by definition does not allow to meet, it would be better to use the term “perpendicular”, which allow the confrontation of ideas and techniques.
Taking into account recommendations of the past, the updating of cupping through this new concept of application, secured with its registered results, it has become the true good faith to consider this technique as a major part of daily medical care, and not as an esoteric folklore originating from the dreamers of another time.

In the interest of the patient, the efficiency of a care method must not be subjected to a hierarchical or cast segregation, if it is carried out with honesty and judgement with the sole aim to relieve pain and moreover.... succeeds in doing so!

We must not move from the necessity to prove the efficiency of the treatment to the discrimination of disciplines so called non-conventional, in comparison with conventional medicine.
Numerous medical practices are more often validated by the medical profession than by rigorous scientific studies.
It is more intelligent to refer to a wide range of proves of acceptability.

“One must not judge with the sufficiency of knowledge but one must have a knowledge that is sufficient” (D.H)


May this opening of the mind with the simplicity of this technique serve the interest of the patient.

Médecine des ventouses

CUPPING MEDICINE (Classification Daniel HENRY.) ©
Examples amongst the 238 ways of applications.

The publication of the second volume: “CUPPING MEDICINE: Volume2”, brings along more precisions on the treatments and the new therapeutic protocols in order to measure the efficiency of this technique of care which has evolved over the past 40 years of practice.

  • Curing pains with cupping medicine.
  • Warning and integrity.
  • Terminology of the cups in different languages.
  • The press and cupping medicine.
  • The teaching of “Cupping Medicine ©”.
  • Teaching and Training Program.
  • Design of the protocol of application of the cups.
  • Definition and classifications of the cups.
  • Anglo-Saxon classification of the cups.
  • Scarification.
  • Classification of the scarification technique.
  • Cup and sucking quality.
  • Difference between a static cup© and a dynamic cup.
  • Asian medicine and cups.
  • Cups and pain.
  • Partial thesis on the analgesic mechanism of cupping.
  • Neurophysiologic explanation of the action of cupping.
  • Notion of stagnation and conventional clinical medicine.
  • Osteopathy and cupping.
  • Treatment of the “clefs de voûtes © ". Concept Daniel HENRY.
  • Lumbar pathologies
  • Classification of lumbar pathologies.
  • Topography of application when lumbar pathologies are concerned.
  • Specific Lower Back Pain.
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain.
  • Visceral and psycho-somatic Lower Back Pain.
  • Cupping where functional visceral pathologies are concerned.
  • Cupping and sport physiotherapy.
  • Cupping and toxin extraction principle.
  • Sprained ankle.
  • Achilles’ tendon tendinitis.
  • Plantar fasciitis.
  • Knee sprain, knee pain.
  • Bridle tendinitis.
  • Kneecap tendinopathy.
  • Tendinitis of the quadriceps.
  • Technique of “Patella decompression © ". Concept Daniel HENRY.
  • Anglo-Saxon works on cupping and knee pain.
  • Tibia periostitis.
  • Hip.
  • Pathologies of the outer thigh.
  • Groin, tendinitis of the adductors.
  • Sacroiliac anthropathy.
  • “Techniques of spine pain © ". Concept Daniel HENRY.
  • Cupping and muscular accidents.
  • Cramps.
  • Shoulder.
  • Elbow.
  • Decongestion of the elbow "3 point technique © "; Concept D. HENRY.
  • Wrist.

Cupping and respiratory problems.