Acupuncture cupping works by placing small cups, usually made
of glass, that have been heated, on various acupressure points
of the body. Normally, the acupuncturist or therapist will wave
a burning cotton ball soaked in alcohol inside the cup to quickly
to create a vacuum. The warm cups are placed in specific areas,
creating negative pressure, which is used to draw out toxins and
other fluids through the skin. Although the heat is not felt by the
person receiving the treatment, the cups cause a pulling sensation
as the skin is lifted. Cups are normally left on the skin for five to
Why should I have a cupping treatment?
Cupping is used to improve circulation and stimulate the peripheral
nervous system. According to its Traditional Chinese origins, it acts
by drawing out the cold, wind and damp from the body, in order to
rebalance Yin Yang and Qi energy. Cupping treatments can be used
to draw out toxins and to treat back and muscle pain, hypertension,
pneumonia, arthritis, menstrual cramps and the common cold.
Cupping therapy works by lifting the body’s connective tissue,
loosening any adhesions and restoring blood flow to areas of the
body that have been restricted. It is an excellent treatment for
stress, fatigue, aches and pains and is often recommended for new
Cupping therapy is also gaining a lot of attention for its beneficial
effects in treating rheumatoid arthritis in a natural way. It helps
sufferers by reducing the pain and inflammation felt at the affected
As a complementary method to deep tissue massage, cupping
can be used to treat very tight muscles, by enhancing the body’s
ability to drain toxins and inflammatory substances, stimulate the
nerves and allowing fresh blood flow to various muscles. Many
people who receive cupping treatments say that it feels like one
of the deepest massages they’ve had, but one that takes only 5-10
Is Cupping Safe?
Cupping is a very safe treatment when performed by an
experienced and qualified acupuncturist or a cupping therapist. If
you are planning on having a cupping treatment, you should be
aware that it may leave areas of bruising, which are not dangerous,
but may take several days to disappear completely. The marks
do have a great benefit – they help the therapist in diagnosing
different conditions. The darker the mark that is left by a certain
cup, the more stagnation there is in the surrounding muscle areas.
For example, if you suffer from lower back pain, it’s likely that the
darkest spots will appear in that area, but as you receive successive
treatments, the marks will become lighter and lighter as theunderlying condition improves.