Cupping is a form of suction therapy that is useful in certain conditions and is applied externally to fleshy areas of the body. There are different styles of cupping that are used to control the amount of suction desired and cups may either be left stationary or be moved across the affected area. Cupping is both a diagnostic and therapeutic technique employed most commonly for musculoskeletal disorders, but its effectiveness is certainly not limited to these conditions.
Intentional, beneficial bruising is the common result of cupping therapy--the severity and duration of which varies amongst individuals and according to disease etiology. Glass cups are most commonly used. A flame is used to create a vacuum within the cup, afterwhich the cup is then placed on the skin. Bamboo and porcelain cups are also fairly common.
After cupping treatments extra care should be taken to avoid exposing the cupped area to wind and cold and it is advisable to refrain from taking a shower for four to six hours after treatment to allow the skin and pores to return to their normal, taut state.
Disclaimer: Certain genetic and circulatory conditions and old age may increase the probability of undesireable side-effects and risks as outlined in the Specified Informed Consent Form for this therapy.
Notice: Patients with hemophilia or those patients taking prescription blood thinners will NOT be treated with this therapy.