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What is cupping?

Jun 25, 2017

As an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion, cupping has been practiced for thousands of years for the treatment of diseases and pain. Cupping employs the localized use of negative pressure to reverse the centripetal pull of gravity. In other words, it uses gentle, controlled suction to open up muscle tissue and vastly increase local circulation of blood and fluids.

How does cupping work?

Firstly, therapist will warm the cupping bowls specifically designed for cupping by using a cotton ball or other similar substance, which is soaked in alcohol.

Secondly, securely clamp a cotton ball into the hemostat. Dab the cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol.

Thirdly, light the cotton ball.

Fourthly, hold the cupping bowl in one hand, several inches above the skin, and place the lit cotton bowl in the opening to the bowl. Listen for the sound of the alcohol coating inside the cup burning.

Fifthly, Withdraw the cotton ball, and place the bowl opening against the skin. As the warmed air uses up the oxygen inside the bowl, a vacuum is created. The resulting suction causes the bowl to adhere to the skin as the air inside the cup cools. Repeat for each bowl, before extinguishing the cotton.

Sixthly, Leave the cups on the skin for 1 to 15 minutes. You may leave the bowls alone, or gently move them around.

Seventhly, Push your finger under the lip of a cup to remove it.

 What is cupping?

 What is cupping?



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