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Cupping Therapy FAQ

What is cupping?
What are the affects of cupping therapy?
How do you use cupping for back pain?
How do you use cupping for respiratory issues?
How do you use cupping for digestive issues?
What does Chinese cupping therapy look like?
How long are cups applied for in cupping therapy?
Side effects of cupping
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What is cupping?

Cupping has ancient roots and has been used by many different cultures in history. Both lay persons and healers of all types have used this technique. Cupping involves a suction technique that is created with the aim of pulling toxin build up and muscle spasms out of the body. Cupping therapy is used alone or together with acupuncture treatments. Typically cups are applied to the back muscles, but they can also be used on other areas that need it. There are different methods of cupping, some are static, non-moving, and others are moved up and down over tight muscles, creating a massage like feeling.

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What are the affects of cupping therapy?

Cupping may help with increasing blood circulation to the areas where the cups are applied. Old blood that may have lodged in the vessels may be affected by the suctioning action, and thus pulling new blood into the area as well. This happens by expanding the blood vessels in the muscles and reducing congested blood. There may also be a detoxifying affect as the cellular waste can become more available to the parts of the body that help get rid of waste.

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How do you use cupping for back pain?

Cupping has become very popular for back pain of all types, specifically low back pain. Back pain sufferers often have a tight muscles on either side of their spine, causing pulling to one or the other side. Cups are applied to the whole back or the parts of the back that require more circulation and blood flow.

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How do you use cupping for respiratory issues?

Cupping is used on the upper back in the event of respiratory issues. The upper back is the area behind the lungs where we often have issues with lingering phlegm and coughs following a respiratory illness.

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How do you use cupping for digestive issues?

Cupping may be applied to the abdomen in a certain pattern for certain digestive patterns, they may also be applied to the area behind the intestines on the back as the back is seen to also influence the front of the body.

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What does Chinese cupping therapy look like?

Chinese cups are placed on the skin and the surface of the skin is slightly pulled into the cup using a manual vacuum pump. Some cups are a hard plastic and others are a heavy glass. The suction helps the cup stick to the skin, and multiple cups can be applied at one time if needed. Depending on your symptoms, cups can slide up and down the skin.

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How long are cups applied for in cupping therapy?

Depending on your body and condition, cups may be placed on your skin for up to ten minutes. They may either stay in place for that time, or the practitioner will remove them and place them on another location of your body.

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Side effects of cupping?

During cupping therapy the patient should expect a slight pulling, stretching and/or warm sensation when the cups are applied to the skin. Various pressures of the cups are applied depending on your body type and type of pain or condition you are experiencing. If the cups are slid up and down your skin you will feel a slight stretch, almost the same as a massage. Often the cups will leave reddening of the skin where the cups were applied, depending on the strength of the suction. These marks will fade sooner if they are lighter in color, and may take a bit longer if they are darker in color. Typically the reddening shows up stronger on the first treatment.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping Therapy: Ilkay Zihni Chirali

The Art of Cupping: Susan Johnson, Lic.Ac ©2006

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