If you’re thinking about, or have had cupping therapy and are wondering, ‘can you drink alcohol after cupping?’ The answer is no.
I mean, you can drink alcohol after a ventosa session of course, it’s up to you what you do. But it’s not in your best interest. It will reduce the benefits and slow down your recovery as I will explain.
Why Shouldn’t You Drink Alcohol After Cupping?
There are a couple of key reasons why you shouldn’t drink alcohol after you’ve had a cupping session:
Alcohol dehydrates you – Your therapist will have advised you to drink plenty of water after your treatment, and probably even offered you a glass if you’re at their place of work.
This is because your body needs to be well hydrated to aid flushing toxins and the increased blood flow that results from the treatment.
Alcohol dehydrates you, and it’s not good enough to just try and off-set it with more water. Keep hydrated and give your body time to recover.
Alcohol weakens the immune system – Massage can also put a strain on your immune system immediately after treatment as your body is working to recover, but you’ll come out the other side with a much stronger immune system.
Alcohol compromises the immune system, which means your defenses are going to be lowered after a session. This increases your risk of infection, as well as prolonging the healing.
Alcohol compromises your thinking – It’s no surprise that drinking compromises how clearly we think. We’ve all been there and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
While this might not be an issue with a couple of drinks, the more you drink the less concern you’ll have for your cupping aftercare.
It’s important to take care of the area that’s been treated. So, keeping a clear head and looking after yourself comes before a few drinks.
Alcohol and Cupping: the Do’s and Don’ts
All I can really advise is that you don’t drink the day of your cupping session. No matter what you have planned for the evening or what your usual routine is.
Take cupping seriously. Why are you having the treatment? Do you have an injury, is it for your general health?
Whatever the reason, you’re going to get more out of the session if you follow the advice of your therapist. Which will typically be to drink plenty of water, rest, avoid exercise and drink, and take it easy.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.