1. How many cups can I use in one session?

The answer to this question varies, depending on who you ask.  In the Far East, practitioners have been known to use as many cups as there is skin to cover.  In this case, one would use medium suction, rather than strong suction.

In some cases, practitioners may use as few as one or two cups, it is highly dependant on the condition being treated, and the condition of the body.

One would also take the health and age of the patient into consideration

  1. What should I expect from my cupping session?
  2. What should I expect after my cupping session?
  3. How often can cupping be applied?
  4. Is cupping safe?

All cupping methods discussed in this book are safe when performed by a properly trained and experienced practitioner

  1. Can I do cupping on myself?

Absolutely.  Self cupping can be done as a great form of self care.  Some cupping sets come with an extension tube, so that the pump can be seperated from the cup and pumped at a distance so that individuals can perform cupping on hard to reach areas.

A pulling sensation may be felt when cupping is applied to the body.  If the suction is very strong, the patient may experience pain at which point it is advisable for the practitioner to release the suction slightly.

  1. Do cupping marks always happen?

Not always.  Although there is usually some redness when cups are applied, the initial redness is a histamine response in the body, and it will go away quickly.  The red cup marks that resemble a bruise are only achieved with deep cupping, and should only last one or two days.

  1. How long to the cupping marks last?

Cupping marks have been known to last as long as 15 days, but most commonly the marks will last 1-3 days.

  1. Does cupping cause bruising or any skin damage?

The initial redness from cupping is a histamine response and will disappear quickly.  The red marks created from cupping are due to broken capillary vessels at the surface level, and are a sign of local congestion.  This is an increase of blood circulation, and not a bruise or damage to the skin.

  1. Will I blister during cupping?

Sometimes with a strong cupping method there will be a small amount of blistering can occur.  If this does occur, the small blister should be broken, drained, and covered with a bandage or gauze.

  1. How long is a cupping session?

Typically, a cupping session should last 5-20 minutes.  If more than one body area is being treated the session may last longer, however 20 minutes is the recommended amount of time to treat an area.  Longer sessions may be used if a specific condition is being addressed.

  1. Will cupping interfere with my medications?

There is no evidence that indicates an cautions with medications.  Cupping is one of the safest treatment modalities

  1. Should I feel tired after treatment?

You may feel a bit drowsy after your cupping session. This is perfectly normal.

  1. Can I exercise after having a cupping treatment?

As with most forms of treatment, exercise is not recommended  rest is a good way to let the treatment settle into the body.  If there is no other choice, a light exercise routine is recommended.

  1. How do I clean my cups?

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  1. When is the best time for cupping?

Any time is good!



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