CUPPING THERAPY is an ancient form of healing which can be used either to augment an acupuncture treatment or as an alternative to acupuncture.
Cupping is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine in which bell shaped cups are applied to the skin, creating a vacuum that causes the cup to adhere to the skin by suction. This draws up the underlying tissues and draws blood to the surface area of the body where the cups have been applied. This increased blood flow relieves muscle cramping, hardening of tissue and associated pain.
The treatment creates temporary, localized bruises, which – like all bruises – activate the body’s defensive cells to heal the bruised area. Generally, however, the bruise will disappear in a few days. A word of caution: cupping is primarily used for people with a weak constitution and low blood pressure; it is never for patients with high blood pressure.
It is imperative that this method only be performed by licensed practitioners.
Precautions after cupping / Gwa SA
1. No Alcohol for 24 hours.
2. No smoking marijuana for 48 hours.
3. No cold or iced drinks for 24 hours.
4. No sex for 24 hours.
5. Keep area lightly covered and warm for 24 hours. The Chinese say the patient is “open” to the outside through these procedures and the patient can quickly get a cold or flu.