Chinese Medicine – Cupping Therapy

Chinese cupping therapy has long since been an ancient part of traditional Chinese medicine and involves causing local congestion; it is performed by placing cups onto the skin by way of either heat or suction. Underlying tissue is then drawn under the cups when they are left on the skin for a few minutes and blood stasis will form and this is when healing takes place.

Cupping therapy was taken one-step further as a way in which to open up the meridian channels, the meridian channels are channels through which the life energy is able to flow freely throughout the body and through all organs and tissues. There are five meridians on the back and if these are properly open then energy is allowed to travel the full length of the body. It is thought that cupping is an excellent way in which to open these channels to ensure the energy can flow freely.

The Chinese who practice the art of cupping have found that cupping affects the body’s tissue up to four inches deep; this causes the tissue to release toxins, clears blockages in the colon, activates the lymphatic system and helps to clear the veins and arteries.

Cupping is thought to be the best form of deep tissue massage available and is a method which is safe and reliable for most people, it is a method which is very easy to learn and the cups can be bought to use at home whenever needed. Cups bought now differ of course from those used many years ago but the benefits are still the same and some now incorporate magnets into the therapy.

How does cupping work?

Cupping is a very simple practice that can be quickly and easily learnt, any health care store or Chinese herbal centre will be able to supply you with all you need to get you started and for you to begin to feel the benefits of this ancient part of Chinese medicine. The use of modern cupping is described below:

* Makes sure the cups are clean and the grip is unfastened.

* Select the right size of cup and place it on the part of the body which aches with the rim of the cup downward.

* Press the cup down with a little force and screw the grip until the cup suctions to the skin.

* Screw or unscrew the cup to release or tighten the pressure.

* You can use one cup or more depending on the area to be treated or the problem.

* Leave the cup in position for roughly 10 to 15 minutes once a day for roughly 7 to 10 days.

* Rest for between 3 to 5 days and repeat if necessary.

* When the cupping therapy is over simply unscrew the cup and remove from the body.

* Blood speckles will appear on the skin but this is quite normal and will disappear within a few days.

* Occasionally blistering of the skin may occur where the cup has been on the skin, when this happens sterilisation may be applied.

* Cupping therapy should always be performed in a warm room to avoid cold.

Can anyone use cupping therapy?

While cupping therapy is safe, there are a few exceptions when cupping shouldn’t be done and is unsuitable for and these are:

* Anyone who has a serious heart condition or who is prone to bleeding.

* Pregnant women and women who are menstruating.

* Anyone who has any type of cancer.

* People who have suffered from trauma, injury or have fractures.

* Cupping therapy shouldn’t be used to treat ulcers.

* Cupping therapy shouldn’t be applied to anywhere the heartbeat can be felt or to blood arteries.