What is Fire Cupping?
Fire cupping is a modality within Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back to 300AD. It uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin. This method involves lighting an alcohol-soaked swab, quickly inserting it into the cup, and then immediately applying it to the skin. The flame is never used to heat the cups, but rather to create a vacuum within that allows it to suction to the skin.
Once the cups are on the skin, slide cupping can be performed. With the addition of massage oil, the cups can be slid along meridian channels. This is the opposite concept of a massage; where instead of applying pressure to the muscles, it uses suction to pull them upward. Many find this relaxing and relieving.
Most cupping treatments are combined with acupuncture. This type of treatment can produce bruising that generally will fade within a few days.
Main uses for cupping:
- Tight muscles
- Increase circulation
- Sedate the nervous system (helps with high blood pressure and stress)
- Relieve cellulite build up
- Toxin release
Information gathered from: Pacific Rim College