Cupping treatment is utilising cup and fire to generate and sustain suction force over treated area, lifting up skin from deeper tissue to generate therapeutic effect.
Cupping suction force can be generated by fire, or suction vacuum. Generally, practitioner would prefer the transparent cup instead of colour one, as they can observe skin condition during treatment. Cupping treatment is generally applicable for most of the patients, especially pain patients. However, there are some conditions need caution:
- Cardiovascular patients, eg, heart diseases, low blood pressure
- Open wound area
- Pelvic area while pregnacy
- People with hemophilia or use of blood thinners
- emergency for surgery
Cupping Therapy FAQ:
Why is there red marks after cupping?
It is result of releasing blockage from meridian system. Suction can help removing the blockage factor and after treatment, there could be red marks over application area. Furthermore, some skin marking are darker,, while other are slighter. According to the TCM theory, it is believed that poor circulation would usually result in darker marks on skin.
- Light marking usually means insufficiency body constitution.
- Dark marking with increasing skin temperature means Heat pattern diseases.
- Dark marking without change of skin temperature means stagnation, cold pattern, Qi or Yang insufficiency body constitution.
- Blister means heavy dampness within body, clear discharge refers to cold dampness, while yellowish discharge is dampness accompanied with heat.
- Itchy skin reaction means Wind type pathogenic factor.
Usually, the marking will discolour within 1 week.
Is cupping hurt or dangerous?
It would not hurt, and it is safe if it is applied by proper trained TCM practitioners.
Any danger or side effect for cupping?
Usually, the answer is negative. Cupping treatment is pretty safe, if it is applied properly. However, open wound, ulcer or pregnant woman need caution when applying cupping.
Is cupping good for sport?
Not only good for athlete, it would be good for chronic pain condition. Cupping can effectively resolve muscle tightness and thus improving the painful and tight condition. It is belied that the red marks can stimulate vascular system and thus improving circulation.
How often should I have the treatment?
Depends on treating pain or purpose for maintenance. Usually, 2-3 times in a week still applicable. For maintenance, once a week is also appropriate.
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After having many different treatments in Holland, including trigger point therapy, manual therapy and other treatment approaches. I finally felt comfortable that this treatment with acupuncture and cupping would release me from my back/sciatica pain. After several treatments I started to feel stronger and noticed that my pains were more controllable and less painful. I'm really happy that Williams' treatment helped me to be more aware of the things that caused this pain and that we gradually got to a good result!
治療の効果があらわれるので、香港に行くといつもDr.Loの診療所を訪ねています。 西洋医学に慣れ親しんでいる私共には少し奇異に思えますが、Dr.Lo は伝統的な東洋医学の方法で身体全体より診察されます。 体質を分析して下さるので、一箇所の治療だけでなく他の関連性も分かります。 私の場合、細やかな診察の後、通常はカッピング(吸玉)と鍼治療が施されます。 そして、手技によって凝りや歪みを調整していただくと、身体が軽くなります。もう少し頻繁に通院できれば、長年患う腰痛も完治できるのでは・・・ 初診の際は時間のゆとりが必要と思いますので、前もって予約の上訪問される ことをお勧めします。 料金の設定もきっちりされ適切と思います。
Lo Man Kin, William
Mr. Lo received full time training in Physiotherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After working in orthopaedic clinic, he gained lot of experience in treating different kinds of pain condition. He has great interest in integrated medicine and like to explore the ancient medical knowledge. He is now also serving as the committee member of one of the course in Hong Kong St John Association, write for the column and promote acupuncture in radio program.