Q -What is Cupping Therapy
A - Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Cupping therapy has been found in ancient records dating back 3500 years and it is still used today by many alternative medicine practictioners. New advancements in technology and materials have been integrated with cupping therapies and its uses now range for many different treatments and applications.
Now Suction Cupping Set based on the Traditional Glass Cupping by applying the traditional cupping therapy together with the magnetic therapy. The new cups have done away with the traditional firing. This has made the application of the cups more easily and safely. It has a good penetrating effect and a big drawing strength. It has not only improved efficacy but also simplified the procedures of cupping therapy.
The improved plastic cups for ancient Chinese cupping therapy are now available for supply. They are easier to be handled and safer to be used for self-treatment at home. In China, the new cups are very popular for family cupping treatment.
Negative pressure, rather than tissue compression is superior for bodywork for pain, stubborn conditions, repetitive strains, inflammation, toxicity, chronic fatigue, disgestive problems and a slough of other issue we confront as we grow older.
Suction cups rapidly facilitate rigid soft tissue release, loosens & lifts connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood & lymph flow to skin & muscles in ways not possible using compression.
Another benefit of Cupping is that it can feel really great when done properly for your constitution and current physiology and/or condition. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. It is not unusual to fall asleep when receiving this treatment. You will be surprised at how relaxed, warm and light you'll feel – hours... sometimes even days afterwards.
Q -Who are not suitable for cupping
A - Children below 10 years old, adults above 70 years old, pregnant women, people recovering from surgery, weak & thin people suffering from lack of blood. and people with threatening conditions e.g. heart attack, asthmatic attack, trauma and accidents.
A - Cupping has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and Xuè (blood) in the body, dispelling cold dampness and diminishing swellings and pains. Cupping brings ‘fresh blood’ to the area that is worked on, so it tends to improve circulation. Most commonly, it is used for various kinds of aches and pains as well as respiratory problems, cough, wheezing, etc.
- Common cold and cough
- Headaches including migraine
- Breathing difficulties (asthma)
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Tonsillitis and sore throat
- Stomach ache and heart burn
- Hand, leg, neck and back pain
- Neuralgia (nerve pain)
- Athletes foot
- Skin problems including pimples, oily skin, itch, dermatitis, liver spots
- Chills at fingers and toes
- Eye problems – myopia, early cataract, conjunctivitis
- Alopecia (losing hair)
- Menstrual pain (endometriosis)
- Leucorrhoea (whitish/yellowish discharge due to infection)
- Urinary incontinence
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Angina pectoris (heart pain)
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Hemorrhoid (piles)
- Osteoarthritis and gout
- Kidney malfunction (pre-dialysis)
- Liver problem (hepatitis and fatty liver)
- Losing memory and dementia (Alzheimer)
A - 1. Clean thoroughly, remove body hair.
2. Wash cups and target areas on skin with warm, lightly salty water, and dry before cupping.
3. Before performing cupping procedure with a suction cup, make sure the inside of the cup is clean and the assembly is intact (valve and seal are firmly fastened to cup).
4. Select an appropriate size or type of cup. (Smaller cups are for smaller body areas).
5. Smear an appropriate amount of oil, or skin cream onto the target area.
6. Connect the connecters, cup and pump gun, and place the cup on the appropriate part of the body. Draw the gun handle to withdraw air from the cup. Remove Connector to leave cup attached to skin by vacuum pressure. Cups may be moved while attached, the cream or oil acting as a lubricant. This allows for cupping of larger areas, or to adjust the placement of the cup for optimal cupping. When moving a cup, grip the cup low on the bowl, and use the fingers of the non-pulling hand to gently hold the skin taut behind the cup as it moves.
7. The cups can be used individually or in combination according to your preference.
8. After the desired elapsed time, simply release the pressure in the cup by pulling up on the cup’s valve to release vacuum. Always use this method to release cup gently (rather than wrenching it away suddenly) to prevent skin damage.
9. It is normal for darkening to appear on the skin where cups are applied. This will dissipate in a few days.
10. It is possible that sometimes blisters may appear on the skin where the cup has been attached. When the blistering is serious, routine sterilization is necessary. Prick the blisters and apply disinfectant.
11. During each cupping session, keep the room warm.
12. Use for no more than 15 minutes / target area, 1~2 times daily, 10 days / area. (After 10 days, give the area a rest of at least 1-2 days).
- Do not use cupping on individuals equipped with a cardiac pacemaker
- Do not apply cupping to subjects who are tired or hungry
- Do not apply cupping on swollen, bruised or ulcerated skin
The following should receive cupping only on the advice of a physician:
- Individuals with hemophilia, thrombocytopenia or other diseases which may cause bleeding
- Pregnant women
- Individuals with allergic skin reactions
- If subject experiences dizziness or fainting during cupping, stop application immediately, give subject fluids and rest.
- Limit application to 15 minutes.
- For those with tender skin, lessen the cupping time to avoid blistering the skin
- If any blistering or infection occurs during/after cupping, ensure proper first aid and/or medical attention as appropriate.
- Discoloration of the skin after cupping is normal. It will disappear after a few days.
Care and Storage
- Keep cups away from sources of high heat
- For cups equipped with magnetic points, keep them at least a foot away from products easily affected by magnetism, such as electronic equipment, watches, etc.
A- Provide information on daily eating and drinking habits; current and past lifestyle (smoking, alcohol intake, exercise); basic patient data (age, occupation, body weight and height); medical, social, occupational, and drug history; signs and symptoms of disease; and full blood and urine report.Cupping : Go for a sauna or hot body bath to stimulate blood circulation and promote release of blood stasis. Can also massage, apply hot towel or shine infra-red light on the cupped area to get the same effect.
A - The sensation you feel the first time you receive a treatment is pretty indescribable. People often can't explain how it feels, they just know they like it. A treatment is pretty sedating for the nervous system, so deep relaxation is often felt.
You will most likely hear your clients tell you that the Massage Cupping experience stayed with them longer than most other treatments they have had. The speed at which the body experience positive change is truly amazing. The more treatments one gets, the more cumulative the results will be. Even after just a single treatment, a long term physical issue may be resolved.