Complete 6/12 piece cupping set.
About Fire Cupping
The beginning of fire cupping dates back to thousands of years in China. It is a part of Chinese medicine often used with acupuncture, gua sha , and moxibustion . Back then, cattle horns were used with fire to create the suction and sometimes even the practitioners would suck the air out themselves though a hole in the horn. This treatment was applied to suck out blood and pus for the treatment of boils and has since then evolved to use with various Chinese therapies.
Today, fire cupping is most commonly used with bamboo and glass cups. Bamboo is more commonly used in China and glass by western practitioners. Bamboo cups are very light, safe, and durable. Practitioners like them because they can be easily carried without worry of breaking the cups and they last for many years. However, the disadvantage of bamboo cups are that they are not transparent so you can not see the amount of suction being applied to the skin. Glass cups are preferred by some practitioners because they are generally easier to sterilize, use, and come in many sizes. You can easily see the amount of suction inside the cups. The main disadvantage of glass cups are they can break if dropped and cost more to replace.
The Fire Cupping Procedure
- Wiping alcohol directly on the skin, igniting it, and then quickly placing the cup over the area (frequently criticized as having a higher risk of burning the skin and greater difficulty creating/controlling suction)
- Holding the cup over an open flame until it is warm and then applying it to cool skin (some people feel this is the safest - though some feel that heating the glass (rather than the air) causes room for additional danger. This is also the hardest method to beginners wishing to create a strong suction)
- Placing small disks with cotton balls soaked in alcohol on them onto the skin. The cotton is then ignited and a cup is placed over the disk. (In theory the leather shield protects the skin, but the method is sometimes criticized as too complicated and more likely to burn to skin when performed inexpertly.)
Fire cupping typically leaves small, round marks on the body that may last for hours or for days. If a single area is cupped again and again, a deep bruise may form and not disappear for some time.
- Applying fuel directly inside the cup - the cup is then usually put on the skin with the fuel still burning (the flame will quickly extinguish from want of oxygen).
Fire cupping is often combined with blood play, and is then usually termed blood- or wet-cupping. (This variant also comes from traditional medicine). The skin is pierced (commonly with needles or scalpels) before the cups are applied; the suction then draws blood out of the wound.
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