5 Great Reasons to Try Cupping!

Haven’t tried Cupping yet? – Here’s 5 reasons why you should!

  • It’s a great pain reliever

  • It’s quick and you can even fit it into your work break

  • Cupping promotes healthy blood flow

  • It works on a much deeper level than many other treatments

  • It compliments conventional treatments to make them more effective

What is cupping?

Cupping is an alternative therapy thought to have originated in China. Glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin to create suction which can bring about healing with blood flow.  In China, it’s believed the suction from cupping regulates the flow of “qi” or life force in the body. Qi means life force a Chinese word meaning life force. Cupping is believed to have been around since A.D. 281 to 341 & it’s widely used to balance yin and yang (negative and positive) This helps significantly with the body’s resistance to pathogens & its ability to increase blood flow and reduce pain.  Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed, which in turn, can help speed up the healing process. 

The two main categories of cupping performed today are:

* Dry cupping a suction-only method.

* Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

Your practitioner, your medical condition, and your preferences will help determine what method is used.

What happens during a cupping treatment?

Depending on which type of cupping you have, the procedure will be slightly different.

 For Dry Cupping

Plastic cups are most commonly used. You will be lay down or seated depending on the area affected. After a quite detailed assessment, small plastic cups will be placed on or around the affected area and a suction pump is used to draw up the skin. This also draws toxic or stagnant blood to the top of the skin which allows healthy blood to circulate. This helps to speed up the healing process quicker and more effectively. In certain areas where the blood is drawn up, colouring may be darker than in other areas, almost like bruising. This is healthy as it shows most of the stagnant blood has been moved. Any discolouration usually disappears in approx 10 days after treatment.

 For Wet Cupping

For wet cupping, small glass cups are usually used. This is because fire is used to create the suction and of course the plastic cups would melt. Prior to wet cupping being done, the practitioner will apply plastic cups for a few minutes. Once the cups are removed, the practitioner will use a small scalpel blade to make small scratches on the skin. People often describe this process as a tickling feeling, not uncomfortable at all. These are only very tiny superficial scratches in the affected areas. Then a small piece of cotton wool soaked in surgical spirit is set alight. Very quickly it is put in and out of the cup to create suction and applied over the scratches. Once the cup is firmly in place, a small amount of blood will be drawn up into the cup. The blood drawn up will be stagnant and so appears thick & darker in colour.  The cups are usually left on for around 10 – 15 mins before being removed.

Side Affects

This form of therapy produces very few side-effects. It does however depend on the person undergoing treatment, how quick the healing process takes place and there are certain precautions you can take such as drinking plenty of water after a treatment.

Some side effects you may experience are:

Circles on the skin where the cups have been applied (These usually disappear in 3 or 4 days or so)

Slight dizziness or light headedness 

Slight itching as the scratches heal. 

For best results, you may also want to fast or eat only light meals for two to three hours before your cupping session.

What conditions can cupping treat?

Cupping can treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains.  Some conditions where Cupping is effective are:

  • Fibromyalgia 
  • shingles
  • facial paralysis
  • cough and dyspnea
  •  acne
  • lumbar disc herniation
  • cervical spondylosis
  • Sciatica 

For advice on cupping therapies or to book an appointment – please contact me at my email address below…




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