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Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum to the skin, it is created in a cup, either by heat or by suction. Cupping has been used for thousands of years. And is often associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, though the entire world once knew this form of therapy and used it. 

The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese used cupping therapy. The oldest recorded medical textbook, Ebers Papyrus, written in approximately 1550BCE in Egypt, mentions cupping (Curtis, 2005).  In the UK, the practice of cupping therapy dates back a long time in one of the leading medical journals, The Lancet. 

Types of Cupping 
There are various types of cupping such as: 

Light Cupping - Uses a weak suctionin the cup to do light cupping. It is suitable for children and elderly people. 

Medium Cupping - A medium strengthfor general purpose cupping. 

Strong Cupping - Suction will begreat and, therefore, it is not suitable for children and elderly people. 

Moving Cupping or Massage Cupping -This is a great method of massage and is done by applying oil to the skin andmoving the cup, by a weak suction, on the area to be treated. 

Needle Cupping - Acupuncture andcupping are done in the same place by applying the needle first and then thecup is applied over the needle. 

Hot Cupping - Dried mugwort(Artemisia vulgaris) leaves, sometimes called by its Oriental name, Moxa, is agreat warming herb. A needle is used, warmed by dried mugwort and then the cupis applied over the needle. 

Flash Cupping - This is a term usedto describe the practice when several medium cuppings are preformed severaltimes in quick succession along the area being treated to stimulate it. 

Bleeding Cupping (not used now) - Also called Full Cupping or Wet Cupping. This style is infrequently used though it is the oldest method, and often claimed to be the most effective. A surgical instrument isused to scrape the skin and the cup is then applied to collect blood. 

Herbal Cupping - A suitable herbal tincture is put into the cup and then suction is applied. 

Conditions Which Can Benefit From Cupping 
Conditions that can benefit from cupping include headache, back pain, joint and muscular pain, infertility, sexual disorders, rheumatic diseases, hypertension, breast enhancement, bed wetting, common colds and flu, insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation and diarrhoea, chest pain, asthma and blood disorders.

Dan has been an acupuncturist since 1999 treating young and old, healthy and unwell. 

In the delightful surroundings of North Somerset my treatment rooms compliment the calmness of a perfect treatment.
Some popular questions asked by patients in the past. If you have more, please contact me for more answers.
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