Traditional Chinese medicine techniques - Here is a demonstration video of a technique you study in the course
Cupping therapy is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM), it has been used for centuries in Ancient Chinese culture and now has been integrated into mainstream allied health. Nowadays you will find Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists all often use cupping in their treatments.
Cupping is the application of a hollow vessel to the skin via a vacuum seal. This may be achieved with a glass cup and the use of a flame or the use of plastic suction cups and a vacuum pump to remove the air.
Either way, the process achieves a tight pulling sensation of the skin and the underlying fascia of the muscles. Whilst the suction is applied space is created between layers and movement of blood and lymph is encouraged through the area.
Depending on the ailment being treated, the therapist may leave the cups in stationary positions for up to 15 min or alternatively they may use a lighter suction and slide the cups throughout an area of congestion. This is to encourage greater movement through the area and facilitate movement along those particular fascial lines (lines of tension).
From a traditional Chinese medicinal viewpoint, cupping moves Qi and Blood. Where there is areas of stagnation and accumulation of cellular waste and debris eg from poor posture, excessive gym work or maybe an old injury.
From a physiological point of view cupping helps to free up the fascial restrictions in areas that are less flexible. It helps to move blood and lymph through sections of muscle that may be restricted.
In Traditional Chinese medicine Cupping Therapy is also used at the onset of a cold or flu. To open the pores and release the cold invasion. Heavy cupping is often used to move the Wei Qi (this is the Energy at the surface of the body considered to fight off invading pathogens) in Bronchial / Chesty conditions.
Cupping Feels Awesome!
Cupping results in more freedom of movement. It can help to reset postural imbalances and release focal areas of tension.
It does occasionally leave a discolouration on the skin. This is often called a bruise however when touched is often not tender like a bruise. This discolouration is the accumulation of blood and cellular debris that has been moved as a result of the cups. Once drawn to the surface it is easier for the lymphatic system to remove the accumulated waste. Depending on the patient’s Circulation and the intensity of the discolouration the marks can take from 3-5 days to clear up.
The benefits of cupping are not actually ‘skin deep’, but rather extend up for four inches into the body. Cupping provides both physical and mental benefits including:
Cupping is also thought to be beneficial to those suffering from respiratory ailments such as colds, asthma, allergies, or bronchitis.
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What Does the Research Show?
One report, published in 2015 in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, notes that it could help with acne, herpes zoster, and pain management.
That’s similar to the findings from a 2012 report, published in PLoS One. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when people also get other treatments, like acupuncture or medications, for various diseases and conditions, such as:
But those researchers noted many of the studies they reviewed could have been biased and that better studies are needed.
The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat: