Fire cupping is a wonderful therapy that has been a part of Chinese medicine for at least 3,000 years, and it’s becoming more common and familiar to Americans. Thank you! Though on first impression it may look a little daunting, fire cupping feels great and moves Qi magnificently. However, it is not for everyone and considerations must be taken into account with each individual client.
April Crowell Fire Cupping
A little history on cupping
Before there was glass, horns or bamboo cups were used for fire cupping. However, they carried with them a few problems–namely sterilization, access to horns (not a wildlife friendly practice), and the ability to see how treatment was proceeding. Glass jars proved far superior because they seal better to the flesh, are easy to clean and their clear structure allowed the practitioner to observe the progress of treatment better. Today, some practitioners use plastic cups with a suctioning apparatus–but I simply favor the fire.
What is fire cupping?
Fire cupping uses glass jars that have an ignited material (I use cotton balls soaked in alcohol) placed briefly inside them to create negative pressure. The flame is then quickly removed and the jar placed over specific areas of the body creating suction. This pressure moves the Blood, Qi and fluids of the area raising a petechiae rash–that’s a good thing in this case.
The rash itself is an assessment tool for the practitioner. Its color, how quickly or slowly it rises and how long it remains reveal how deep the pattern of disharmony is. For example a deep purple rash indicates […]