Wet cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that has been practised for thousands of years all over the world. Earliest records in history show the art of Cupping being used in China and Egypt.
Cupping therapy can be considered as a therapeutic and remedial treatment. It involves special cups being placed on your skin for a few minutes and it creates a negative pressure in the applied area, thus relieving pain and pressure.
Cupping Therapy rids the body of harmful pathogens by drawing out the excess blood lying dormant underneath the skin. Research has shown considerable pathological differences in the healthy blood in the veins and the stagnant blood underneath the skin.
Cupping forces the body to increase its blood circulation and boosts the immune system allowing the body to use its natural resources to heal itself. It is a natural way to alleviate pain and treatment many illnesses.
Cupping Therapy is one of the best ways to avert illnesses and maintain good health. Today’s diet and lifestyle choices are paramount in determining our risk for disease in the future. Combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise and having cupping therapy regularly can help prevent the occurrence of illnesses in the future.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS ARE BEING TREATED
- Fertility problems
- Blood flow
- Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Anxiety and depression
- Sports injuries
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
The TREATMENT PROCESS
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CUPPING THERAPY TREATMENT
- Cupping Therapy
Our Cupping Therapy is available in Bristol and Cardiff.
Benefits of having this treatment with us:
- We are Fully Qualified medical practitioners. Therefore all practitioners undertaking treatments come from a medical background and have a university degree in pharmacy or medicine.
- Our team has years of experience in aesthetic treatments. We ensure all treatments are carried out to the highest standards, to achieve optimum results.
- We pride ourselves on patient care and experience, therefore, our experienced team will ensure that your visit and treatment is as informative, comfortable and professional as possible
- We have very high patient satisfaction. Our patients are very happy with their results resulting in many returning to have additional areas treated. We also have many that recommend friends and family to our clinics.
- We are committed to evidence-based practice and use premium products. We use FDA and CE approved products for the treatments.
- We are registered with Save Face. This government approved register is the highest level of recognition available for professionals working within aesthetic cosmetic medicine within the UK.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You’ll have the opportunity to ask your medical practitioner any questions as part of your consultation, but to start the ball rolling here are the answers to some that our patients most frequently asked questions.
There aren’t many side effects associated with cupping. The side effects you may experience will typically occur during your treatment or immediately after. You may feel lightheaded or dizzy during your treatment. You may also experience sweating or nausea.
After treatment, the skin around the rim of the cup may become irritated and marked in a circular pattern. You may also have pain at incision sites or feel lightheaded or dizzy shortly after your session. Infection is always a risk after undergoing cupping therapy. The risk is small and usually avoided if your practitioner follows the right methods for cleaning your skin and controlling infection before and after your session.
Other risks include:
- scarring of the skin
- hematoma (bruising)
During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. The cup is often heated with fire using alcohol, herbs, or paper that’s placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed, and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin.
Some modern cupping practitioners have shifted to using rubber pumps to create suction versus more traditional heat methods. When the hot cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.
With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. With wet cupping, cups are usually only in place for a few minutes before the practitioner removes the cup and makes a small incision to draw blood.
After the cups are removed, the practitioner may cover the previously cupped areas with ointment and bandages. This helps prevent infection. Any mild bruising or other marks usually go away within 10 days of the session.
For the best results, you may also want to fast or eat only light meals for two to three hours before your cupping session.
Modern cupping is often performed using glass cups that are open on one end.
There are two main categories of cupping performed today:
- Dry cupping is a suction-only method.
- Wet cupping may involve both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
Your medical practitioner will determine what method is used depending on your medical condition as well as your preference.
Cupping therapy isn’t recommended for everyone. Extra caution should be taken for the following groups:
- Children under 4 years old shouldn’t receive cupping therapy. Older children should only be treated for very short periods.
- Our skin becomes more fragile as we age. Any medication you may be taking might have an effect as well.
- Pregnant people. Avoid cupping the abdomen and lower back.
- Those who are currently menstruating.
Don’t use cupping if you use blood-thinning medication. Also avoid cupping if you have:
- a sunburn
- a wound
- a skin ulcer
- experienced recent trauma
- an internal organ disorder
The benefits of cupping include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. Cupping improves overall health by removing the energy blockages, which as barriers to the flow of healthy energy or qi. For athletes, cupping may help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain.