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Information about Acupuncture - What is Cupping?

What is Acupuncture?
What are the benefits of acupuncture as a complementary therapy treatment?

Cupping is an ancient technique that is still used by modern practitioners of acupuncture. It is useful in the treatment of localised Qi or blood flow caused by stagnation in the local channels. It is usually performed as an alternative or in conjunction with acupuncture and consists of placing cups over relevant acupuncture points. Cupping has the advantage of being able to treat larger areas of the body.

The cups are made from a tough, rounded glass (sometimes bamboo maybe used). A rounded lighted taper is first held, for a short time, inside the cup. The cup is then placed over the relevant acupuncture point; the burning taper has effectively exhausted the oxygen in the cup creating a vacuum this cause s the cup to anchor at this point and draww the skin up. This has the effect of encouraging the flow of Qi and blood beneath the cup and clearing local stagnation
The cupping process requires a lot of skill; knowing when enough oxygen has been removed from the cup and then quickly placing the cup on the correct area of the body. Sometimes the treatment requires what is known as "moving cupping" where the area of the body to be treated is lightly smeared with soap or oil and the cup is drawn around the area with the vacuum kept intact, this will promote the flow of Qi and blood throught a larger body area.
Care should be taken not to try self-administering this type of therapy, especially using totally inappropriate types of cups.

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