Cupping is an ancient technique in Chinese Medicine. At Natural Healing and Acupuncture, we use glass cups with the fire throwing method. This is where a cotton ball is ignited with fire and used to create negative pressure to apply the cups. We find this to be the best way to get the greatest suction of the cups on the skin.
Usually the cups are left on for about ten minutes. In this time the skin becomes congested with a violet color that resembles a bruise. It is not painful. This is the action that helps the body to heal. This discolor will go away in a few days.
The benefits of cupping are:
- Increased circulation
- Reduction in pain
- Increase recovery from lung problems such as bronchitis and asthma
- Good for musculo-skeletal congestion