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Wet-cupping is a old method that is still used in medicine, but few empirical studies have been done about its effect on hypertension. The purpose of this study, the effect of wet-cupping on blood pressure in patients 35-60 years old was diagnosed with hypertension. The objective of this randomized clinical trial was to assess wet cupping for treating hypertension.
This study was a matched random controlled clinical trial and samples were 42 patients that came to Imam Hussein (A) Clinic of Quchan. Samples determined purposive sampling method and divided randomizely two groups. Blood pressure measured before starting the study, before and after wet-cupping sessions and 2 weeks after the third session. Analysis was done by SPSS 17. Statistical methods used included Independent t test, Paired t test, Fisher exact test.
The study subjects for age, body mass index, and duration of hypertension and duration of antihypertensive drugs, independent t test, does not show significant difference between wet-cupping and control groups and two groups respectively with p= 0.983, p= 0.682, p= 0.770, p= 0.540 are homogeneous. Paired t-test results showed that systolic blood pressure in cupping group before and after wet-cupping course there is a significant difference (P <0.05), but there was no significant difference in diastolic blood pressure (P> 0.05).
With regard to increasing use of wet-cupping to treat a wide group of illnesses and the clients' satisfaction, presenting suitable and proper use, informing people usage, and supervising the above-mentioned centers should be considered by authorities.