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Experience the ancient healing practice of cupping, known for its ability to improve blood flow, reduce pain, and promote relaxation. Discover the benefits of cupping therapy with Yanhee Hospital’s skilled practitioners.


What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient methodology in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. The use of cupping could be traced back to the fourth century when the renowned herbalist Ge Hong made a record of a form of cupping in a handbook of prescriptions.

Afterward, some literature gave a vivid description of a cupping process during the Tang and Qing dynasties. Particular literature dedicated an entire chapter to “Fire Jar Qi”; a type of cupping that alleviates headaches, dizziness, and abdominal pain.

The ancient practice involves the placing of hollowed animal horns or cups over particular points or meridians. However, in the modern practice of cupping; acupuncturists make use of thick glass and plastic cups; bamboo, pottery and plastic cups are still used in divers’ places all over the world.

The preferred method of delivery is glass cups as they are more resilient and durable compared to bamboo and pottery. It also allows the acupuncturist to see the skin and make an appraisal of the effect of treatment.

How does Cupping Therapy function, and for what purposes is it utilized?

Cupping therapy involves using heated glass cups, which are placed on the skin to create a vacuum effect. This process, often performed by Chinese acupuncturists, is believed to help balance the flow of Qi, or vital energy, in the body.

The cups are warmed using a flammable substance, like a cotton bud soaked in alcohol, which is ignited and briefly placed inside the cup before being removed. The cup is then quickly placed upside down on the skin. The vacuum created by the cooling air inside the cup creates suction, pulling the skin upwards.

This suction is thought to stimulate the flow of blood, open up the skin’s pores, and help release toxins from the body. Cupping therapy is commonly used to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and congestion, as well as arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and pain. It has also been suggested to be effective in treating depression and reducing swelling.

Typically, cupping therapy is applied to areas of the body with ample flesh, such as the back, stomach, arms, and legs. It is considered a safe and non-invasive treatment, although temporary bruising or marks on the skin may occur as a result of the suction.

What are the different types of Cupping?

In addition to the method described earlier, cupping therapy includes dry cupping, wet cupping, and air cupping. Air cupping involves attaching a suction pump to the cup’s base to create a vacuum. Wet cupping, however, involves puncturing the skin before cupping, allowing a small amount of blood to be drawn into the cup. This process is believed to aid in the removal of toxins from the body.

How safe is Cupping, and does it cause pain?

Cupping is generally considered safe, especially air cupping, which eliminates the risk of burns. While the process may cause minor swelling or bruising, it is usually painless. The suction created by the cups can cause the skin to expand, leading to circular marks that typically disappear within a few days.

However, there are certain cases where cupping is not advisable, such as in individuals with fever, convulsions, or a tendency to bleed easily. Pregnant women should avoid cupping on the stomach and lower back. Additionally, during cupping, areas of the body with prominent bones or sensitive areas like the spine and shoulder blades should be avoided.



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