The effect of dry-cupping combined with lavender oil massage on postpartum perineal pain: a case study.

Tosun H., Pınar G.

TMR Non-Drug Ther. , vol.4, no.2, pp.1-6, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Case Report
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.12032/tmrnd20210504029
  • Journal Name: TMR Non-Drug Ther.
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-6
  • Kütahya Health Sciences University Affiliated: Yes


Abstract Background: Perineal pain is an important complaint in the postpartum period for several weeks. This study aimed to examine the effect of dry cupping therapy with lavender oil massage on the intensity of postpartum perineal pain. Methods: A 33 years old female had suffered with postpartum perineal pain. She experienced bilateral episiotomy on the third birth. Dry cupping therapy was administrated on selected areas two times. Before giving cupping therapy , at the 4th and 24th hours of birth was investigated effectiveness of dry cupping therapy on postpartum perineal pain based on the short-form of McGill pain scale. Results: According to the McGill pain scale, the mean of postpartum perineal pain intensity decreased from 37.9 ± 10.5 before the dry cupping therapy with lavender oil massage to 12.1 ± 5.3 in 4th hour, and 6.3 ± 1.3.2 in 24th hour after delivery. The patient on cupping therapy with lavender oil message showed better results terms of pain intensity (P < 0.001). Conclusion: The study confirmed that dry cupping therapy with lavender oil massage reduced postpartum perineal pain. In this regard, this intervention may be considered as affective method for reducing postpartum perineal pain. However, further trials are required to identify the effectiveness of this therapy regiment. Keywords: Dry cupping therapy, Lavender oil massage, Postpartum perineal pain