Clinic Update: Dr. Troy Sing from Health Wise has been featured in the latest South China Morning Post: "What is cupping therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?"
Dr. Troy Sing shares his insights into different types of cupping, the benefits, who should seek professional advice before going, as well as the risks and side effects.
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How cupping works
First, a vacuum is created inside the cup, either by burning the oxygen inside a glass cup or by sucking the air out from the top of a plastic cup. The cup is then quickly placed on selected acupuncture points on the patient’s skin, and the vacuum draws the skin up into the cup.
The low pressure inside the cup mobilizes the free flow of qi and blood around the body through channels known as meridians. This process facilitates the removal of toxins, and ultimately restores balance in the body.
The suction effect breaks the tiny blood vessels underneath the skin, resulting in slight discoloration in the area. When the brain picks up signals of this minor injury, it triggers the body’s self-healing process, leading to an increase in blood circulation, improved lymphatic flow, and the release of built-up fluid.
Types of cupping
1. Dry Cupping
Dry or fire cupping involves the use of a flame to create negative pressure inside the cup; the cup is then left on the skin for three to 15 minutes. This type is the most commonly used in Chinese clinics.
2. Wet Cupping
The second type, called wet or bleed cupping, comprises three steps: first, the practitioner creates a mild suction by leaving the cups on the skin for three minutes. He or she then pricks the skin using a triangular-tipped needle or plum blossom needle.
The cup is applied to the skin for the second time to draw out a small quantity of “toxic” blood.
3. Slide Cupping
move or slide cupping, which involves the practitioner applying the cup to the skin before slowly moving it in one direction in a specific area.
4. Empty Cupping
Sing adds: “Other types include empty cupping, which sees the cups being removed from the skin immediately after suction.
5. Needle Cupping
needle cupping, which involves acupuncture followed by the application of the cups over the needles.
6. Herbal Cupping
medicinal or herbal cupping, which uses bamboo cups that have been boiled with herbs.
7. Water Cupping
water cupping, which involves filling a glass or bamboo cup one-thirds-full with warm water and then quickly applying it to the skin.”
What cupping helps with
The therapy works on a range of issues, including:
Pain in the neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs;
The common cold, flu, or cough;
Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and constipation;
Facial paralysis and stroke;
Respiratory conditions such as allergic rhinitis and asthma;
Weight loss, and;
Risks and side effects
Sing warns that pregnant women, children, the elderly, people on blood-thinning medication, and people with certain health conditions such as cancer, organ failure, haemophilia, oedema, blood disorders, and some types of heart disease should not get cupping.
Cupping should be done by a trained practitioner. The treatment often leaves behind suction marks, which disappear within 24 hours in healthy individuals, according to Sing.
Stop the treatment immediately if you experience side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin, These include:
Dizziness or lightheadedness;
Nausea or vomiting;
Burns (if you received fire cupping);
Skin pigmentation changes, and;
Skin infections (if you received wet cupping).
“Cupping also shouldn’t be done on areas where the skin is broken, irritated or inflamed, over arteries, veins or lymph nodes, or on the eyes, orifices or fractures,” Sing says.
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