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Chinese Hot Glass Cupping

What is Chinese Hot Glass Cupping?

Cupping is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine and is a form of acupuncture. The earliest recorded use of cupping dates to the early fourth century. In a typical cupping session, glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball or other flammable substance, which is soaked in alcohol, let, then placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum.

As the substance burns, the cup is turned upside-down and the cup is placed over a specific area. The vacuum created by the lack of oxygen anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass as the air inside the jar cools. Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood. Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.

Depending on the condition being treated, the cups will be left in place from 5 to 10 minutes. Several cups will be placed on your body at the same time.

Treatment takes 60 minutes. A course of 12 over 12 weeks is recommended for optimum results.

What are the benefits?

  • Loosens muscles.
  • Encourages blood flow.
  • Sedates the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure).
  • Relieves back and neck pains.
  • Can help reduce anxiety.
  • Can help with migraines.
  • Can help with rheumatism.

Cupping Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it painful & are there any side effects?
  • Chinese Hot Glass Cupping therapy is absolutely safe and has no side effects whatsoever if done by a well qualified, trained & experienced practitioner.
  • How many sessions are needed?
  • Number of sessions entirely depends on the reason for treatment & varies from person to person again depending upon their medical history & severity of the disease /disorder. However, we recommend a course of 12 over a 12 week period.
  • When is cupping not advised?
  • Chinese Hot Glass Cupping therapy is not advisable during pregnancy, during menses, patients recuperating from surgery, those who have pace maker, those who take blood thinner and other severe medical conditions.
  • Who else has Chinese Hot Glass Cupping?
  • A lot of professional athletes and sports stars have this treatment such as tennis player Andy Murray, swimmer Michael Phelps and other people in the spotlight such as actresses Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, fashion designer Victoria Beckham, singer Jessica Simpson and actor David Arquette.


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