Have you heard these words before and been curious about what they
are? Have you seen pictures of someone with circular cupping marks
on their back and wondered what that is all about?
Cupping and Gua Sha are techniques commonly used in traditional
Chinese Medicine and Massage. These methods have been used for
thousands of years to alleviate pain and treat chronic and acute
conditions. One of the main goals of Chinese Medicine is to balance
and harmonize the flow of energy in the body. This vital energy
(or, qi, pronounced ?chee?) circulates through meridians, or
channels, that pass through vital organs and musculature in the
body. When qi becomes depleted or excessive, the result is often
stagnation, which we feel as physical pain. Cupping and Gua Sha
work in different ways to remove stagnation and rebalance the flow
of vital energy through the meridians.
How do the guasha work ?
1.Choose an environment where the wind is not big and the air
conditioner and fan can not be switched on for gua sha.
When we scrape the skin, our body pore will open, the wind blowing
into the pore is not good for the human body. Choosing a suitable
environment is a very important environment for preparation before
scraping, and plays a whole role for scraping smoothly below.
2.Prepare guasha tools and scraping oil. Or other skin care
essential oils are available.Select the scraping area to apply
essential oil, select muscular areas to avoid blood vessels, clean
the skin with water before scraping, avoid dust and some dirty into
the hair follicle, causing bad infection of folliculitis.(Can speed
up scraping speed?skin redness can stop scraping)
3.Do not blow or take a bath within 20 minutes after scraping.
After that, you can take a bath. Scraping will cause pain. For
scraping parts and symptoms, where pain can be scraped, where to
avoid blood vessels, dredging symptoms will decrease.
How to use Chinese cupping ?
1. How to cup therapy - where to cup?
- Just put the cup in the body pain area. The machine is vertical
to the skin. Please don't move the machine when you cupping(about a
minute). You can use heating function and adjust the suction
intensity according to your situation.
2. Can I do cup therapy every day?
- The same part can not be cup therapy every day. No more cupping
should be done until the red circle of cupping has disappeared.
Cupping can three times a day depending on the patient's condition.
Generally, the time of cupping is 10 to 15 minutes one treatment.
Generally, the time of cupping is shorter for patients with
numbness of lower limbs.
Will I be bruised afterwards? How long will the marks last? Both of
these methods can cause discoloration on the surface of the skin.
It is a common misconception that these marks are actual bruises.
Bruises are a result of broken capillaries due to impact and are
often deep and sensitive to the touch.
Cupping and Gua Sha marks can sometimes feel slightly rough or raw
within the first 24 hours of treatment, and do not tend to feel
like bruises. The discoloration caused by cupping and Gua Sha is a
result of congestion and toxins being pulled up from deep muscle
and tissue layers, and releasing through the skin. The marks left
behind usually fade and disappear within 2-5 days.