Cupping is one of the most simple but effective types of therapy. It is used commonly as it is easy to do and can be effectively used on a broad range of conditions. This therapy uses a cup shaped tool to pull the skin, tissue and muscles upward with a vacuum system.
The action principle of the therapy is to intensify the blood and wind circulation effect and stimulate nerves. It is mainly used to increase blood circulation, improve wind element function, relief pain, eliminate accumulated impure bloods and exudatives.
Cupping location is chosen following some meridian path or/and topology. The cup type, size and number are depend on the pain location, stages of the diseases and the patients.
A variety of human diseases and conditions to be treated by cupping are:
- Aches in random locations caused by dysregulation of the wind element
- Back and joint stiffness
- Soft tissue injury
- Chronic lung disorders
- Muscle and tendon aches caused by cold wind
- Hay fever
Regarding to the condition there are 3 different types of cupping therapy are used:
- Standard cupping – cupping is applied for 15-20 minutes at same location
- Slipping cupping – with oil on the skin, massage is combined using the cup through the skin using the suction pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscle
- Comb/Wet cupping – make holes/small cuts on the skin (using small hammer shaped tool with small needles that are attached like a brush) to draw blood with suction cups. There will be a pre-procedure preparation for the treatment.
The vacuum therapy can be combined with acupuncture into one treatment depending on the condition.