Cupping is a very effective method of treatment used for diseases such as coughing, chest congestion, common cold, arthritic pain, muscular pain, stomach-ache, and headache. It is contra-indicated for high- fever, allergic skin conditions or ulcerated sores, area of thin muscle or boney angles and depression and on the back or abdomen of pregnant women. There are many other considerations your practitioner takes into account when deciding if this method is appropriate.
How Does Cupping Work?
A vacuum is created in a glass "cup" with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. The cotton ball is ignited and inserted into the cup which will evacuate some air creating a vacuum. The cotton ball is withdrawn and the cup is quickly placed on the skin. The cup is left on for about 5 minutes and may leave a bruise. Sometimes a medium such massage oil is applied to the patient's skin and the practitioner slides the cup along a large body surface such as the back or thigh. This technique is known as sliding cupping and is very beneficial for muscular-skeletal pain and swelling.
Is Cupping Painful?
Cupping is generally not painful. Some people who suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic viral diseases may feel some discomfort and should report it to their practitioner. Most patients report significant improvement after a cupping treatment and highly enjoy it!