Cupping therapy is a form of Complemetary and Alternative Medicine in which specailly formed "cups" are placed on the skin and negative pressure is applied to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including: glass, plastic, bamboo, earthenware and more.
Applying negative pressure to the skin through suction mobilizes blood and lymph flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
There are various types of Cupping Therapy, including: Dry Cupping (suction only) and Wet Cupping (combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding).
PLEASE NOTE: ALEASHA LEWIS, L.M.T. AND EARTHTOUCH HEALING ARTS PERFORMS ONLY DRY CUPPING.
During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient's skin. The rim of the cup does not get hot and skin is not burned in the Fire Cupping process. Note this fire is only used with glass cupping. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place between 5-10 minutes.
A more modern version of cupping uses a pump to create a vacuum inside of a plastic cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups which do not require a pump, though negative pressure is achieved through a specific technique of placement of the cup upon the skin. Most glass and plastic cups can also to be moved from place to place on the skin (without breaking the vacuum) to also produce a massage-like effect.
PLEASE NOTE: At the time of this writing, EarthTouch Healing Arts uses only plastic and silicone cups for Cupping Therapy.
Cupping Therapy has been used to treat:
Cupping Therapy can often reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body and promote mental and physical relaxation and well-being.
IMPORTANT: Please plan your Cupping session accordingly, as the negative pressure on the skin which creates increased healing blood and lymph flow to an area, can and often does leave a round red or purple ecchymosis mark where the cup was applied. The appearance of the skin generally returns to
normal within hours, or up to 10 days.
PLEASE NOTE: Ecchymosis is not the same as bruising, although some incorrectly interchange the terms. Brusing is caused from trauma to the underlying tissue. In Cupping Therapy, no tissue trauma occurs, though blood is drawn to the surface bringing fresh nutrients to the area and carrying away toxins associated with sore muscles, adhesions, and trauma to the body which had occurred before the Cupping session.