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Cupping Therapy Near Me: Effects, Precautions, Contraindications

Cupping therapy is a very traditional health care method that is well-practiced in Egypt and China. Whether or not this therapy is effective varies from person to person, with fire cupping being more common, but also relatively easy to get injured. If you want to try cupping therapy near you, you need to know the following about fire cupping, including precautions and contraindications.

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The Principles & Effects of Fire Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy uses the principle of negative pressure to allow the glass to attach to the skin. In this process, the skin and superficial muscles will be filled with blood to stimulate the body’s skin and meridian points, thus promoting the body’s blood circulation and reducing the fatigue brought about by exercise and work.

10 Tips for Fire Cupping Therapy

1. Choose a qualified health care facility, technician, and doctor.

Fire cupping therapy may cause rupture of capillaries in many parts of the body and may even cause some minor inflammation. Therefore, it is very important to go to a regular institution to receive cupping therapy.

2. Keep the room warm and comfortable

During cupping the room should be kept warm and you should avoid the wind to prevent getting cold. At the same time, you should adjust your comfortable posture, otherwise, the cupping device will easily fall off if you want to change your posture during the cupping process.

3. Choose the right size of fire cupping

The cupping position should be chosen on flat and hairless skin, and the size of the cupping pot should also be adjusted in time according to the size of the area being cupped to ensure that there is enough adsorption and will not fall off in the middle.

4. cupping before understanding your skin condition

Skin allergies, edema, broken skin, and dense distribution of blood vessels are not suitable for cupping, nor are patients with lung diseases, which may lead to alveolar epidermal rupture.

5. Careful care of the skin after cupping therapy

Although fire cupping has an unblocking effect on the tendons and collaterals, it is harmful to the skin. The skin is very fragile after cupping, so rubbing the skin when bathing may lead to skin breakage and inflammation.

6. Preheat the fire cupping 

When cupping in autumn and winter or in cold weather, the cupping should be preheated with fire or hot water so that the temperature of the pot is slightly higher than the body temperature. 

7. Caution not to burn the skin when cupping 

When using fire cupping, be careful not to burn the skin, the amount of cotton ball dipped in alcohol should be moderate, too much can easily drip onto the skin and cause burns, and too little alcohol will not achieve the therapeutic effect. 

8. Burns and fires should be handled in time

If the skin burns or blisters, you must promptly apply ointment to prevent rubbing infection. If the skin is on fire should be immediately covered with a wet towel to block the source of fire in a timely manner, and then according to the skin burns for treatment. 

9. Preheat the fire cupping 

When cupping in autumn and winter or in cold weather, the cupping should be preheated with fire or hot water so that the temperature of the pot is slightly higher than the body temperature. 

10. Cupping time should be appropriate 

Large-sized fire cans have a large suction force and can be treated for 5 to 10 minutes. Medium-sized fire cans use 10 to 15 minutes is appropriate. Small fire cans with less suction, use 15 to 20 minutes is appropriate.  
After performing fire cupping therapy, pay attention to the physical condition to see if there are symptoms such as pain, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, and bleeding, and if there is not a reaction, deal with it in time. 

People who are not suitable for fire cupping therapy

Not everyone can undergo fire cupping therapy. Patients with thrombocytopenia, lupus erythematosus, and severe skin diseases may experience bleeding, ulcers, blisters, and edema on the skin surface with this therapy.

It is also important to remind patients with underlying lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis, lung abscess, bronchial dilatation, etc., that cupping therapy is not suitable.

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