Q&A – Cupping

Q1: Is Cupping Safe to Use?

A1: Cupping is generally considered safe application, especially dry cupping.  But while cupping could encourage Qi and blood flow through, if overused, especially in wet cupping,  it could damage Qi a lot.  So patient might feel a quick problem relief but might suffer from other Qi deficiency related problems down the road.  So it is recommended to know the knowledge better, for example, in what kind of situation, it’s recommended to use cupping.  A lot of people just use wet cupping without acupressure or other Qi tonifying mesures.  In our remedies, any cupping application will be accompanied by a series of acupressure remedies to make sure vital Qi is supplemented quickly enough to avoid other issues.

Q2: Why is There any Blister during Cupping?

A2: Blisters during cupping is very normal.  They could occur very soon after the cups are put on (within 10 minutes) or at the end of the long period cupping (30min).  In both cases, it means some pathogenic Qi or cold water being accumulated in the organs or tissues near the cupping areas.  They are bad substances and need to eliminated.

Q3:  What Should I do If There is Blister?

A3: Although you can leave it untreated, it is recommended that you pick the blister and let out the toxic liquid out of your body.  You can do this by a sanitized needle, three-edge needle (TCM special needle 三棱针),or even just an ordinary acupuncture needle.  Penetrate horizontally and close to the skin area to promote healing.  Gently squeeze the liquid out.  You can then sanitize this area using 70% alcohol or you can just leave it as it.   It’s not painful -(make sure you don’t touch normal skin).  And the skin will stick back and the marks will outgrow in about 1-2 weeks.

Q4: When Can I Use Cupping?

A4: It is not easy to answer this question. It all depends on the problems, location and nature.  It’s best to be combined with acupressure, of course based on particular symptoms and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis.   Cup walking is more recommended just to promote Qi and blood circulation. For wetting cupping or more aggressive cupping therapy, please check our remedies, as the underlying reasons and cautions as well as combined acupressure will be explained.