Dr Lin Zhi-xiu with a cup and alcohol-soaked cotton. “Most acupuncturists who practise Chinese medicine in the territory will use cupping therapy every day in their practice, with or without the combination of acupuncture, to treat various medical conditions.
Beside, can we do cupping at home? Facial cupping promotes circulation, which may help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decrease puffiness, and more. You can experiment with facial cupping at home, but it may be best to reach out to an experienced practitioner for your first session.
Different, what toxins does cupping remove?
Cupping invigorates local circulation of qi and blood in the area being treated, resolving swelling, pain, and tension. By drawing impurities to the surface, it removes toxins. From a Western physiology perspective, cupping loosens connective tissue or fascia and stimulated blood flow to the surface.
Why are my cupping marks so dark?
Purplish red cupping mark means severe damp heat. Red cupping mark signifies severe heat. Bluish purple cupping mark indicates severe cold dampness. Cupping mark with dark color means exuberance of the pathogenic qi, a life force.
Scientific evaluation The American Cancer Society notes that "available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping has any health benefits" and also that the treatment carries a small risk of burns.
Cupping therapy is contraindicated in all the following conditions: to an open wound, to inflamed or infected tissue, to a bleeding injury (external as well as internal), over a fracture and to a grade III muscle or ligament sprain, as well as in complete tendon rupture.
Cupping encourages tissues to release toxins Cupping gives your body a boost in releasing those toxins. Focused blood flow helps your body by flushing built-up toxins through the lymphatic system. (Your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating your body's toxins and waste.)
You may also experience sweating or nausea. After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. You may also have pain at incision sites or feel lightheaded or dizzy shortly after your session. Infection is always a risk after undergoing cupping therapy.
There has been some research that suggests cupping does have benefits when it comes to pain relief, but the studies are generally considered low quality. More studies are needed to conclusively understand the health impacts of the therapy.
Cupping may cause pain, swelling, burns, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, skin pigmentation, and/or nausea. 4 Cupping also leaves round purple marks or circular bruises on the skin; these marks may begin to fade after several days but can remain for two to three weeks.
Cupping is most commonly done along the back, shoulders, and posterior neck, but sometimes the forearms, hamstrings, and lower legs (calves) are done as needed. When I work with patients, I use an integrative perspective and apply cups based on the meridians AND muscles involved in their condition.
A complementary therapy called Hijama, or wet cupping, needs tighter regulation, say experienced practitioners. Hijama is used to treat a wide range of conditions including migraines and hay fever and involves cutting the skin and drawing blood with suction cups.
There's been some research on cupping, but most of it is of low quality. Cupping may help reduce pain, but the evidence for this isn't very strong. There's not enough high-quality research to allow conclusions to be reached about whether cupping is helpful for other conditions.