Disclaimer: Please be aware that information in this article is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding an injury or medical condition.
Written by: Naomi Kornelsen BSc, CAT(C)
Dry cupping is the more popular method of cupping in North America and is done without the removal of blood. The traditional form of cupping is done by having a flammable substance, for example paper, placed inside the cup and then lit on fire.
Once the fire is extinguished the cup is turned upside down and placed on the skin. As the air cools inside the cup a suction is formed and the skin is pulled into the cup and blood is drawn towards the skin. The modern version of cupping is done by using a plastic or glass cup and a pump in order to create the suction.
Cupping is used for:
After treatment you may notice markings on your skin. These are often thought to be bruises, and although they have similar looks, they do not bring about the tenderness that a bruise does. The mark that is left behind after a cupping session is actually an ecchymosis mark. Essentially, this is old blood that has been sitting for a while that is being drawn to the surface to allow for the flow of new blood to come through the area of treatment. This allows toxins to be drawn out, broken down and removed from the body. Ecchymosis marks last anywhere from 2-7 days usually but can vary depending on length of treatment.
If you have any further questions or are interested in learning more about cupping and how it can work for you, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your next cupping session.
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