Cupping and Gua Sha
Cupping is a technique that uses glass cups attached to the skin by creating a vacuum within the cup. The skin is pulled partially into the body of the cup, which stimulates the blood to move into the area being cupped, improving circulation and stimulating white blood cell production. The technique is used to remove stagnation, relieve pain and swelling from an area of the body as well as being a soothing massage technique. It's also beneficial in treating menstrual or digestive problems, and a variety of acute and chronic ailments.
The skin will normally bruise slightly in the area cupped, but will clear up within a few days. The bruising will stimulate local immune function and feedback to the entire immune system, which increases the healing effect of the treatment.
Gua Sha is a technique of scraping the skin with a tool to produce a bruise that will help to break up stagnation. A lubricant is placed on the skin to allow easy movement of the scraping device. Gua sha and may be combined when lubricant is applied to the skin, then a cup is applied, then moved back and forth, creating the same kind of bruise that the Gua Sha scraper creates.
If the patient has inflamed skin, lesions, convulsions, or bleeds easily, Cupping and Gua Sha is contraindicated. Pregnancy may also be a contraindication.
- Emotional Disorder
- Respiratory Diseases
Chronic bronchitis and asthma
- Digestive Diseases
acute and chronic gastritis
- Pain Syndromes & any kind of chronic and acute pain
muscle aches, joint pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
refractory headaches and migraines
soft tissue injury
- Gynecological Disorders
infertility and irregular menstruation
common cold, especially with fever
paralysis (i.e., stroke or injury)
headache, toothache, sore throat, allergy eyes (redness and soreness of the eyes)
acute trigeminal neuralgia
fever and headache due to infection