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 Cupping 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.


Cupping and Gua Sha is mainly recommended for the treatment of:
  • Emotional Disorder

Check mark symbol   Depression

    Check mark symbol   Stress

  • Respiratory Diseases

     Check mark symbol  Chronic bronchitis and asthma

    Check mark symbol  pediatric bronchitis

    Check mark symbol  coughing

  • Digestive Diseases

    Check mark symbol   IBS

    Check mark symbol   constipation

    Check mark symbol   diarrhea

    Check mark symbol   acute and chronic gastritis

    Check mark symbol   pediatric indigestion

  • Pain Syndromes & any kind of chronic and acute pain

     Check mark symbol  muscle aches, joint pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis

     Check mark symbol  shoulder pain

     Check mark symbol  refractory headaches and migraines

     Check mark symbol  soft tissue injury

  • Gynecological Disorders

     Check mark symbol  infertility and irregular menstruation

     Check mark symbol  leukorrhea

     Check mark symbol  PMS

  • Miscellaneous

      Check mark symbol  common cold, especially with fever

      Check mark symbol  insomnia

      Check mark symbol  paralysis (i.e., stroke or injury)

      Check mark symbol  facial paralysis

      Check mark symbol  headache, toothache, sore throat, allergy eyes (redness and soreness of the eyes)

      Check mark symbol  frozen shoulder

      Check mark symbol  acute trigeminal neuralgia

      Check mark symbol  fever and headache due to infection

      Check mark symbol  acute conjunctivitis

      Check mark symbol  allergies