Cupping therapy

A therapy, in which a jar is placed on the skin surface to cause local congestion through the removal of the air in the jar, promotes the free flow of Qi and blood in the channels, diminishes swellings, pains, dispel cold and dampness.

0000000013Originally, practitioners would use hollowed-out animal horns for cups, and place them over particular points or meridians. Today, most acupuncturists use cups made of thick glass or plastic, although bamboo, iron and pottery cups are still used in other countries. Glass cups are the preferred method of delivery, because they do not break as easily as pottery or deteriorate like bamboo, and they allow the acupuncturist to see the skin and evaluate the effects of treatment.

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes, sometime will up to 15 minutes, depends skin reaction. Several cups may be placed on a patient’s body at the same time. Some practitioners will also apply small amounts of medicated oils or herbal oils to the skin just before the cupping procedure, which lets them move the cups up and down particular acupoints or meridians after they have been applied.

Cupping have different type, including drying cupping, fire cupping, pump cupping, Wet cupping (Al-Hijamah or medicinal bleeding ), warm herb cupping, moving cupping, flashing cupping etc.

For our opinion, cupping first improve blood circulation, help remove harmful substances and toxins from the body,some special cupping can boost immunity system.

In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. Some practitioners also use cupping to treat depression and reduce swelling. Fleshy sites on the body, such as the back and stomach (and, to a lesser extent, the arms and legs), are the preferred sites for treatment. Nowaday some doctor use cupping for lost weight.

Is cupping safe? Does it hurt?

While cupping is considered relatively safe (especially air cupping, which does not include the risk of fire and heat), it can cause some swelling and bruising on the skin. As the skin under a cup is drawn up, the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expand. This may result in small, circular bruises on the areas where the cups were applied. These bruises are usually painless, however, and disappear within a few days of treatment.
In addition, there are several instances where cupping should not be performed. Patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily, are not suitable candidates for cupping. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back. If the cups are being moved, they should not cross bony areas, such as the ridges of the spine or the shoulder blades.