Fire Cupping – A Wonderful Winter Treat

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Teresa O’Connor gives her opinion on Fire Cupping and its positive effect against respiratory ailments.

Fire Cupping – a Wonderful Winter Treat

As part of (TCM) traditional Chinese medicine Fire Cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation, stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi ( our vital energy) flow.

Cupping can help improve some of the symptoms of respiratory conditions such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.  The treatment is valuable for the lungs, and may be able to help clear congestion from a common cold or help to control some of the symptoms of asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are some of the most common conditions that Fire Cupping is used to help relieve. It can also help with general physical and psychological well-being.

How Fire Cupping is applied

Cupping is used on the back, neck and shoulders and can treat some of the symptoms of musculoskeletal conditions. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping may help loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Fire Cupping is used to help relieve some symptoms of back and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue and migraines.

What is Fire Cupping

It is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; which mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand pump). Through either heat or suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup stays in place for five to fifteen minutes. Depending on the specific treatment, pink or red rings on the skin are common after the cups are removed which can last for a few days. Usually treatments are not painful.

Like acupuncture, Fire Cupping follows the lines of meridians or channels. There are meridians or channels on the back, these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, Fire Cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific conditions. By targeting the meridian/channels, cupping strives to ‘open’ these channels – the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force).

Fire Cupping can be combined with acupuncture or it can be used as a lone treatment. So if you feel like you are getting the symptoms of a cold or congestion or even want a relaxing, therapeutic cupping session do not hesitate to book an appointment.