Cupping or fire-cutting is an outstanding healing device, and is highly successful in relieving discomfort. It can stimulate circulation, detoxify the body and provide myofascial relief by positioning the cups over wounded regions. If you suffer from chronic back pain, fibromyalgia or just want to improve your circulation, you may find this the right way to do it. Back pain, myofascial release, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, anxiety, chronic headaches, neuralgia and fatigue are common conditions used for cupping.You may want to check out Lotus Acupuncture for more.
The history of cupping in countries such as China, Egypt and Greece can be dated back more than 3000 years. Originally they used hollow animal horns instead of cups. Bamboo and ceramic were later used. Modern fire-cupping practitioners now use glass with rounded smooth edges (to avoid cutting into the skin of patients). To be successful a vacuum must be produced within the cup. The practitioner takes a cotton-ball (held by a hantat) and soaks the cotton-ball in 70 per cent alcohol coating. The alcohol-soaked cotton-ball is then set on fire and then kept for a second within the glass cup. The fire in the cup burns oxygen, and the practitioner quickly puts the cup back on the patients. It repeats this process with as many cups as necessary. The longer the cup retains the fuel, the more oxygen is burned, and the deeper the vacuum.
There are different methods to do cupping from stationary, rolling, and wet cupping. The cups are put on the patient in stationary cupping, and stay in one position. This is mainly applied to muscle aches, chronic headaches and detoxification. Stationary cupping does leave triangular markings at the location of the cups. It should be stressed that these are not bruises, and do not feel like bruises. Massage oil is applied to the patient in sliding cupping, and two fire-cups are put back on the patients. The cups instead move across the back focused on regions of tightness and discomfort. The sliding cupping, mostly used for back pain and myofascial release, leaves the back a little red with a few lighter red marks where the cups were originally placed. Sliding cupping is also effective in treating colds, and can be easily combined with your treatments for acupuncture. Wet cupping or cupping of blood is not as common as other forms, and involves making tiny incisions with a lancet on the skin. The cup is then put over the incisions, and drained out blood. Basically this is a form of bloodletting. The cupping marks can be visible for anywhere from three days to two weeks depending on the type done, the amount of suction used and how long they are on the back.
As mentioned earlier, the cupping marks are not bruises. However, in the treated areas, the pours on the skin have been exposed so it is important to keep certain places protected until the stains have faded. Also it is important that the treated areas are not exposed to extreme elements. Do not go swimming in cold water for example, or expose your back to the wind. Recommended during cupping is to minimize deep-fried, greasy products and meat. After all cupping has a detoxifying effect, make the most of the medication afterwards and offer your body good foods. Simple soups with broth and steamed vegetables are perfect nutritional options. Offer as much nutrient rich food as you can to your body (without over-eating).