Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about cupping therapy among the general population of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
Methods: A descriptive cross sectional online survey was conducted among the general population of KSA. Data was collected by using a structured and self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire was comprised of 29 questions regarding the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about cupping therapy.
Results: A total of 251 of respondents completed the questionnaire. The majority of respondents (85.5%) were female and approximately 60% were using cupping therapy because it was recommended by their physician. More than half of the respondents (54.8%) claimed that they never discuss cupping therapy treatment with their doctors. The majority of participants (71.5%) reported strong trust or belief in cupping therapy. Only 46.4% of the respondents were aware of situations where cupping is prohibited, most of the participants (89.7%) believed that it is an effective method of treatment, and more than half (58.7%) think that cupping therapy leads to side effects.
Conclusion: This represents the first description of the knowledge, attitudes, and perception of KSA citizens towards CT. From a governmental perspective, more regulation of cupping and its practitioners is needed. Healthcare providers should be educated regarding cupping and create an open, respectful environment for communication with patients about CT. Patients should likewise consult their physicians about CT use and use caution when selecting CT practitioners.Author(s): Hanan M. Al-Yousef, Syed Wajid, Ibrahim Sales