The Medical Advantages of Cupping Therapy.
Cupping Therapy is used for many conditions including Shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, Gastrointestinal disorders, common colds , influenza, cough and asthma
The suction created during a cupping procedure penetrates deep into one’s tissues and can help the release of toxins from the body. Cupping therapy is most commonly done on one’s back. There are several yang meridians on the back which are stimulated by the cupping therapy allowing the internal energy to flow through the whole body.
The two most common ways of suctioning the cups to the body are “fire” cupping and manual suction cupping. To do “fire” cupping, the practitioner will light an alcohol soaked cotton ball on fire and briefly place the fire inside the glass cup, creating a vacuum. Then he or she will quickly place the cup on the skin. The amount of suction can then be adjusted by sliding or moving the cup. Manual suction cups use a pump to create the vacuum between the cup and the soft tissue.
Cupping can leave marks on the skin which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface, aiding in the healing process. The marks from a cupping treatment can range anywhere from light pink to dark purple circles. It is rare for these “hickies or bruises” to be painful and they will dissipate in a few days
. “The cupping method has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of qi and blood in the meridians, dispelling cold dampness, diminishing swellings and pains.” (Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Cheng Xinnong).