Chinese Medical Cupping Therapy

Posted July 23, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Uncategorized

Chinese Medical Cupping Therapy

What is Chinese Medical Cupping?

Chinese Medical Cupping is an ancient practice in which a jar or cup is attached to the surface of the body. The method of attaching the jar to the skin can be accomplished either by using a flame to suck out the air or by use of a pump that removes the air thus causing a partial vacuum.

When the vacuum is established the cupping begins. In some cases the cups are left in place, in another technique the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a pulling of the skin the technique is called gliding cupping.

Chinese Medical Cupping therapy has been practiced for thousands of years for the treatment of disease and pain. Typically cupping has been used to move bad blood that is stagnant blood. In Chinese medicine pain is said to be caused by qi stagnation. This stagnation can be a result of injury or stress. Chinese Medical Cupping is used to reduce the pain of stagnant Qi and blood. Cupping stimulates the flow of Qi and blood. Its uses include relieving pain in the muscles, back pain, shoulder pain and stiffness. Cupping therapy has been used to clear congestion in the chest, due to cold, flu and asthma.

How is Chinese Medical Cupping done?
The Acupuncturist takes a number of glass cups, which are heated with a flame. The cup is then quickly applied to the skin. This creates a vacuum. Generally, the cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5-15 minutes). The skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed by pressing the skin along side it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releases it. After the treatment there is usually a decrease of pain in the area that was cupped. There are number of conditions in which cupping contraindicated, such as high fever, skin disease or tendency to bleed easily. For more information about cupping or acupuncture treatment you can contact Dr. Richard Browne at 305.595.9500.

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