Ancient records date Cupping therapy back 3000 years and it
is still in use today by TCM practitioners. In the past bamboo cups were used. Nowadays cups are made of glass or plastic.
Cupping is a technique in which glass cups are heated from inside with fire to create vacuum and then placed on the afflicted area of the body. Cupping therapy is used to restore free flow of QI (energy) through meridians in the body.
It is also used to dispel blood stagnation and improve lymph flow. It is most commonly used on back, neck and shoulders. Cups should be retained in place from 10 to 15 minutes. Cupping is even more effective when used in conjunction with Acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs.
Cupping in clinical practice
When Therapeutic cups are placed over the skin, they release almost instantly build up of tension/stress from the localised muscle tissue. In this case glass cups are placed over upper back/shoulders;
HACI – small magnetic cups, can be seen in the treatment of a knee pain….. These specialised cups are used around knee joints, elbows, ankles and wrists. The magnetic tips inside the HACI cups enhance the overall effect of cupping.