Acupuncture cupping is a technique that is used to stimulate the acupuncture points. This technique involves glass jars that are used as suction cups on the skin, causing blood to rush to specific areas to stimulate the skin. It is often used to relieve pain and flush out toxins from the lymphatic system.
First, you start by purchasing an acupuncture cupping kit. The basic kit should include: glass jars, a burning taper, a vacuum pump (or needles), and alcohol and cotton balls to disinfect skin before and after treatment.
Once you get your kit home, open it and examine and familiarize yourself with all of the parts. You will want to understand how to fire cup, air cup, and wet cup. If you are fire cupping, a burning taper will provide the flame, which is used to warm the glass. Warming the glass also helps to create a vacuum; once it is warm, it can be put on the skin. If you are air cupping you will need a vacuum pump to attach to the jar to remove air. If you are using wet cupping, the skin is first pricked by a needle and a jar is placed on top. Wet cupping is specifically used to draw out toxins.
You will want to familiarize yourself with acupuncture points and place the jars on those areas or other areas where there is pain in the body. Leave the cups attached on the skin for no more than 10-15 minutes. Small cups may be left on longer (up to 30 minutes); however the larger ones should only be on for about 15 minutes at the most.
Note: It is important to know that there are dangers associated with acupuncture cupping. This procedure can lead to swelling or bruising. Cupping cannot be used on a pregnant woman's stomach or lower back. Also, cupping should not be used on people with rashes, those that have a fever, or those who bleed easily. It is also crucial that you do not allow the person receiving the treatment to fall asleep during the procedure, as it can lead to blisters or bruising. However, minimal bruising is normal after acupuncture cupping.
It is important that Acupuncture Cupping only be done by a trained professional. It is important to be able to distinguish proper acupuncture points for treatment of specific symptoms. It is also advisable to not receive cupping treatment if you are very tired, hungry, or have just eaten. If you feel uncomfortable after receiving treatment; remove the cups and lie down and rest. If you have a pacemaker, skin allergies, chronic diseases, blood disorders (hemophilia or thrombocytopenia) it is advisable to steer clear of this treatment.