Treatments & Therapies

Practioners & Therapists

Chandrika Patel

Cupping

Overview of the treatment

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.

Ailments that can be treated by this therapy

Cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases, especially chronic cough and asthma, and paralysis. 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 or the abdominal area or lower back during pregnancy.

How the treatment is done

Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum which is created in cup or cups, either by heat or by suction. Movement of the cups is limited to fleshy areas: the movement should not cross bony ridges, such as the spine.