Cupping regulates the flow of energy and blood, and can add strength and effectiveness to many therapeutic applications. It is particularly beneficial in the following situations:
- Respiratory system diseases
Sliding cupping over the upper back can treat influenza, fever and coughs etc.
- Digestive system diseases
Due to its regulating function on the energy of the Spleen, Stomach, Liver and Gall Bladder, this method can treat such disorders as chronic gastritis, gastrointestinal diseases, indigestion in children, infantile malnutrition or for weakness of the digestive system (poor appetite, diarrhoea and dull ache in the lower abdomen)
- Diseases of the five sense organs
This method can treat facial acne, congestion, swelling and pain of the eyes, sore throat, deafness and tinnitus etc. Fire is an excess pathogenic factor characterised by upward movement, and five-sense organ diseases are mainly due to excess fire of the body, moving and burning upwards to disturb the upper orifices.
- Lumbar and back pain
Lumbar pain is mostly caused by invasion of wind-cold, damp or strain. This therapy can be used to eliminate pathogens and regulate the channels. Treatment should mostly focus on the local area.
- To draw out pathogenic dampness, especially from arthritic joints
- Asthmatic conditions
- Energy and blood stagnation
- Poor circulation
Cupping may be used by Massage therapists and Body Work Practitioners. Cupping is integrated to suit their particular technique. It can be used independently or in conjunction with acupuncture (while the needles are in position or following their removal), although cups are most frequently used alone.
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