Cupping is a technique used for a wide variety of conditions such as arthritis, headache, low back pain, painful menstruation, and the common cold.
In the past, cups were made from animal horns, bamboo, ceramic, brass and iron. Today, cups are made of glass and come in a variety of sizes to fit specific body surfaces. By putting heat near the opening, suctioned out air creates a vacuum which then pulls the skin into the glass. A single cup or multiple cups are used on acupuncture points to break up local congestion and relieve pain.
This process should not be painful, but your skin can be temporarily reddened, raised, and have a bruised look following treatment, but it won’t be sore.
There are several ways that cupping can be used.
- Running Cupping- cup edges can be lubricated and placed over large, flat areas of the back or legs, and then moved up and down to strongly increase Qi flow.
- Stationary Cupping- cup can be place on acupuncture points without movement.
- Combination- cups can be placed over needles for deeper stimulation.