Although “cupping” or “fire cupping” may be considered to be a “new” type of alternative care, in reality, it has been around for thousands and thousands of years, dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Asia. It has been incorporated into medical practices across the globe, and many have utilized this therapy at home by grandmothers and other family members that have passed along this type of therapy from generation to generation.
In fire cupping, the practitioner utilizes special glasses and uses fire and alcohol to quickly capture the fire within the glass in an effort to create suction on the patient’s skin. The purpose is to promote blood flow, release heat, decrease pain and/or inflammation, and to promote oxygen to the otherwise depleted area. Occasional temporary redness and or bruising may be experienced by the patient. Although burns may be a risk, very rarely does it happen with an experienced practitioner. Cupping is excellent for improving circulation, digestion, wheezing and difficult coughs and colds, and spasmed muscles. For those who are weary of having needle acupuncture performed, fire cupping is an excellent alternative to needle acupuncture. In some cases, both acupuncture and fire cupping is utilized together as a form of treatment.
Is it painful?
Although a slight sense of “pulling” of the skin may be experienced, there should not be any pain associated with the actual fire cupping.
How should I feel after I have received fire cupping?
Following a course of care with fire cupping, the patient should leave refreshed, relaxed, and in less pain.
For what conditions can Fire Cupping be utilized? How is it beneficial to the body?
• Reducing Pain (neck, shoulder, leg, back) • Helping heal injuries to the muscles and ligaments • Relieves Headaches • Improves digestion • Helps reduce symptoms associated female health disorders, i.e., PMS, menstrual cramps • Helps boost the immune system • Helps rid the body of the flu, respiratory conditions, and cold-like symptoms • Helps the body release toxins • Promotes lymphatic drainage and helps keep the skin healthy • Promotes Relaxation • Reduces Stress and promotes overall well-being
How long is each treatment?
Each treatment can last anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on the condition being treated.