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Cupping refers to an ancient Chinese practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup.

Traditional cupping, with use of heated cups was the method used to obtain suction: the hot air in the cups has a low density and, as the cups cool with the opening sealed by the skin, the pressure within the cups declines, sucking the skin into it. In this case, the cups are hot and have a stimulating effect on the targeted region or energy channels.

Fixed Position Cupping: The cup is left in place for about 10 minutes (typical range is 5-15 minutes). The skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow. The cup is removed by pressing the skin along side it to allow some outside air to leak into it, thus equalizing the pressure and releasing it. Some bruising along the site of the rim of the cup is expected.

Gliding or Walking Cupping : In some cases, the cup may be moved while the suction of skin is active, causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle. In order to allow easy movement of the glass cups along the skin, sometimes therapeutic oils can be applied as lubricant.

Bleeding Cupping: A small amount of blood letting is done first, using a pricking needle, and then the cup is applied over the site. This technique is often used to promote blood circulation, remove stasis, and alleviate swelling and pain. It is employed especially when there is a toxic heat syndrome and for a variety of acute ailments.

Cupping can be applied as a supportive approach to acupuncture on certain acupuncture points or areas along the energy channels. A certain amount of bruising is expected both from fixed position cupping (especially at the site of the cup rim) and with movement of the cups.

Cupping can be used for the treatment of various conditions such as pain, stress, insomnia, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders as well. The areas of the body that are fleshy are preferred sites for cupping.

Contraindications for cupping include: areas of skin that are inflamed; cases of high fever, convulsions or cramping, or easy bleeding (i.e., pathological level of low platelets); or the abdominal area or lower back during pregnancy. Movement of the cups is limited to fleshy areas: the movement should not cross bony ridges, such as the spine.

Na Zhai's practice treats a wide range of conditions by using different supportive approches combined with Acupuncture.However, we do not provide cupping service in the clinic. For more information, please schedule an appointment for a Free Consultation