There are more and more instances of Cupping Therapy being used on horses...but, there has been very little formal research conducted on the effects of Dry Cupping on Equines...we have attempted to provide as many references as possible for you here!
Cupping therapy is a traditional and complementary medicine practice that has been practiced for thousands of years and is generally described as a technique that uses cups placed over the skin to create negative pressure through suction. This suction decompresses and gently "lifts" the skin and underlying tissues to improve blood flow through the body tissues.
Onlinepethealth.com interviews Diana Landskron, Equine Therapist with specialties in Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic on the use of Cupping Therapy for Equines.
Onlinepethealth.com presents an informative webinar on Equine Cupping with Diana Landskron.
Article - Cupping Therapy on the Horse
Schropftherapie am Pferd - Myofasziale Restriktionen Iosen by Diana Landskron (link to original in German) / Cupping therapy on the horse - Myofascial restrictions by Diana Landskron (link to English translation to English)
Aim: To determine the effects of cupping therapy ( Al-hijama) on the haematological and biochemical parameters in the healthy Donkey.
Conclusion: Variable changes in blood parameters occurred as a result of cupping. This is the second experiment on the effect of cupping on laminitis in equines, and proven useful as a complementary treatment in
cases of laminitis combined with medical treatment.
Aim: Recently, the complementary therapies such as cupping and acupuncture are being used in veterinary medicine. This research was carried out to determine the effects of wet cupping therapy (Hijama) on the hematological and the biochemical parameters in the healthy Arabian horses for the first time.
Conclusion: Cupping induced minor changes on the hematological and biochemical parameters in Arabian horses. This is the first trial on the effects of wet cupping therapy on the different parameters in Arabian horses, which would be useful for further investigations on the role of complementary therapies in horses.