Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in 70% alcohol. The cotton is then clamped by a pair of forceps and lit by a match or lighter. The flaming cotton ball is then, in one fluid motion, placed into a cup, quickly removed and the cup is placed on the skin. By adding fire inside of the cup, oxygen is removed (which is replaced with an equal volume of carbon dioxide) and a small amount of suction is created by the air cooling down and again contracting. Massage oil may be applied to create a better seal as well as allow the cups to glide over the muscles groups. It is called “sliding cupping”. Dark circles may appear where the cups were placed due to rupture of the capillaries just below the skin, but are not the same bruises caused by blunt –force trauma
The cupping procedure commonly involves creating a small area of low pressure next to the skin. The method of creating the low pressure, and the procedures followed during the treatment.
The cups can range in sizes from 1 to 3 inches in diameter. Plastic and glass is the most common used today. Most recently, vacuum can be created with a hand held suction pump through a valve located at the top of the cups. Also these cups can be used as “Sliding cupping”.
Cups are normally used only on soft tissue that can form a good seal with the cups edge. They can be used singly or with many cups covering a larger area. They may be used by themselves or placed over an acupuncture needle.
What does cupping therapy do?
Cupping softens tight muscles. This enhances Blood flow to the muscles that are being cupped. Releases fluid, including the release of toxins throughout the muscles. Cupping helps the lymphatic system drainage. Helps the immune system to work better, keeping us healthier and stronger.